Preventing Duplication of Programs by California Online Community College

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Curriculum Committee
Academic Senate
Status Report

In spring 2019, ASCCC President appointed 5 faculty members to represent academic and professional matters with the COCCCC.  2019-2020: ASCCC submitted multiple letters to legislature regarding duplication of programs. Appointed faculty continued to meet and contribute to Calbright when allowed.

Proposer Contact
Michelle Pilati, Rio Hondo College

Whereas, California Education Code §75001 establishes the California Online Community College, while §75001(d)(1) states that “the college shall create new programs that are not duplicative of programs offered at other local community colleges,” and §75001(a)(3) states that the college will serve “the vocational and educational needs of Californians who are not currently accessing higher education”;

Whereas, Media coverage of the proposed online content provider has stated that “The college’s first three programs will prepare students for careers in medical coding, information technology and supervisor roles in fields such as retail and government”[1]; and

Whereas, According to the Curriculum Inventory, fourteen California community colleges currently offer medical coding (Taxonomy of Programs [TOP] Code 1223.10) certificates and/or degrees, over 50 programs in information technology (TOP Code 0701.00) exist in the colleges (0701.00), and over 180 programs in computer information systems (TOP Code 0702.00) exist in the colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the California Online Community College Board of Trustees to work with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges or its designee, until a local academic senate is established for the California Online Community College, to follow Education Code to determine the programs that will be offered through the California Online Community College to avoid duplication of existing programs and to ensure that the programs serve the needs of students not currently being served by higher education.