Whereas, Planning and implementing curricular pathways to assist students in reaching their educational, transfer, and career goals involves curriculum design and program development, which are academic and professional matters as defined in Title 5;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes and supports the development of structured curricular pathways that benefit students in achieving their educational goals when participation in these efforts remain under the oversight of faculty with expertise in instructional design and discipline knowledge (Resolution 9.03 S14, 6.02 S15, and 9.11 F14);
Whereas, Some grant-funded pathways created and promoted by external advocacy organizations may infringe on faculty purview over curricular matters as well as undermine the principles of local control and adaptation to local student populations, especially if such organizations promote only one pathway model; and
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provides the opportunity for faculty to develop pathways through the C-ID System as evidenced by the successful creation and implementation of the Transfer Model Curriculum and Statewide Career Pathways projects that ensure curricular portability while providing colleges flexibility to meet the needs of local student populations, universities, and colleges as well as industries and businesses;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the intrusion of pathways programs by external organizations that circumvent or undermine faculty purview; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates and colleges to create formal processes and policies that require the local academic senate, in consultation with its curriculum committee, to evaluate and endorse any proposed curricular pathways offered by an external organization before such a program is institutionalized.
2017 - 18: Regional workshops will address variety of curricular pathways for local curriculum committees. Possible follow up via Rostrum article.