Whereas, An overlap exists between California community college’s noncredit and the California Department of Education’s (CDE) adult education programs;
Whereas, Community college noncredit education provides educational access to those students who are interested but lack the knowledge needed to gain entrance to college or do not see themselves as college capable and, while informing and engaging these students, noncredit education develops their capabilities and perceptions towards becoming college capable;
Whereas, Unlike CDE adult education students, students who attend California community college noncredit courses are, by default, attending institutions of higher education and thus are more likely to shift their perceptions about their college-going abilities by engaging in strategically planned pathways and by proximity and physical access to the college environs; and
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has positions in support of the need for noncredit programs and increased funding for noncredit (Resolutions 6.02 S98 and 5.03 S06);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge that any efforts to reduce or transfer any community college noncredit courses to California Department of Education’s adult education programs be done in conjunction with the Academic Senate and local academic senates such that college pathways are continued or developed and that student progress is not hindered.