Whereas, Curriculum is an area under the purview of local academic senates, as codified in AB 1725 (Vasconcellos, 1988);
Whereas, Per Title 5 §55002, the development of curriculum, including courses and programs, should be directed primarily by faculty and, prior to being approved by the Board of Trustees and certified by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, must be approved by local curriculum committees under the purview of the academic senate or comprised primarily of faculty;
Whereas, The Board of Governor’s Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy recommended that system partners, including faculty, evaluate the curriculum approval process to ensure timely, responsive, and streamlined curriculum approval for career technical education (CTE) programs; and
Whereas, Any efforts based on that evaluation that lead to the creation of a separate approval process to address CTE curriculum, or any type of curriculum, could lead to confusion and inequities, perceived or real, between curriculum in key areas identified by Title 5 §55002 Standards and Criteria for Courses, such as grading policies, unit calculations, prerequisites, and other standards of scholarship;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges remind faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders that curriculum and educational program development are areas of academic senate purview according to established law; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to ensure that approval of all curriculum should follow a single process, regardless of the modality or discipline of the curriculum being approved.
 Board Of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Report and Recommendations