Research on the number of basic skills units accumlated by students throughout the system was done. Currently this is not a major problem because ESL is exempted. However, if prerequisites are implemented and effective practices for remediation become mandates, this limit will create a barrier. Faculty, CCC partners and the legislator should be aware of this issue.
Whereas, While Title 5 Regulation changes in 55035 Remedial Coursework Limit were implemented in July, 2007, and provide some exemptions, waivers, and referrals, the section still maintains the 30-unit limit on credit remedial coursework;
Whereas, There is currently a crisis in basic skills for a large number of community college students who need basic skills courses in order to be successful;
Whereas, There have been discussions that suggest an increase in the number of credit course repetitions for a substandard grade, which is an attempt to increase the opportunities for a student to be successful in basic skills, but may not increase the opportunities enough; and
Whereas, The English and mathematics requirements for graduation will be raised in 2009 and it is likely that students struggling with basic skills will need even more opportunities to succeed;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research the possible need for increasing the 30 units maximum allowed for credit remedial coursework in order to provide for more opportunities for basic skills students to be successful; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges report its findings and recommendations in a breakout or Rostrum article before or by the Fall 2008 Plenary Session. MSC Disposition: System Office, Local Senates