Staying Connected and Connecting Others

With so much occurring throughout the state of California, faculty leaders may wonder how to stay up to date on current matters and how to keep other faculty informed. The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) provides a number of newsletters and listservs to help faculty stay connected and informed. Such resources from the ASCCC provide ways to connect other faculty to information on statewide academic and professional matters.

Are Your Instructors Ready for Noncredit?

Noncredit adult education in California traces its origins back to 1856, when the first adult school opened in San Francisco and offered courses in basic numeracy, literacy, and vocational education to immigrants (West, 2012). Supporting a population influx fueled by the gold rush, California’s new statehood status, and the marketing promises of the West, noncredit adult education provided a foundation for what would soon be the community college system and adult educational opportunities in California.

Resolutions Considerations

As the primary instrument for faculty across the state to guide the work of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC), resolutions are critical and foundational. Academic senate leaders from throughout the state should be familiar with the full cycle of the process as well as some guiding principles when writing resolutions.

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring Challenges Faced by Black Students in STEM Academic Programs

In recent years, the underrepresentation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has received a lot of attention. Black students specifically face unique challenges that often result in imposter syndrome, a psychological condition where individuals doubt their qualifications and accomplishments and fear being exposed as frauds. Black students in STEM programs suffer from the imposter syndrome due to various causes and with various consequences. However, potential strategies exist to help these students overcome this issue.

Zoos, Planes, and Urban Agriculture: Celebrating the Diversity and Scope of California Community College CTE Programs

The California Community Colleges system has a strong history of providing innovative career technical education to meet the needs of communities and providing students an opportunity to achieve a living wage. Some CTE programs, such as agriculture business, administration of justice, automotive, child development, information systems, nursing, police, and fire, are offered at multiple colleges across the state. Other programs are specialized for meeting unique community needs.

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