Whereas, The recently signed SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) intends to improve the ability of students to transfer from California community colleges to California State Universities (CSU);
Whereas, The impact of this law will potentially affect enrollment patterns and other existing patterns of service and instruction provided to students by California community colleges;
Whereas, While the bill requires research on student transfer and success rates, nothing in SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) requires research into possible unintended or undesirable consequences; and
Whereas, Now is the time to establish a research plan and baseline metrics for research to ensure California community colleges and CSUs continue to meet the needs of all our students and communities;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work collaboratively with the Chancellor’s Office and other system constituents to develop a research plan and current baseline metrics that will comprehensively examine the long-term impact of SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) on enrollment trends as well as the instructional and service needs of our non-transfer and transfer students.
MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates
At the time this was passed it was way too early to do anything. There was no data yet. Such a study might be possible now.