Curriculum

Prerequisite Enforcement

Whereas prerequisites have been established to contribute to the achievement of student success, and

Whereas California community college districts have created policies and procedures for the establishment and enforcement of prerequisites, and

Whereas, despite the effort of faculty to complete the validation process, prerequisite enforcement has not been consistent statewide,

Comprehensive Curriculum Technical Assistance Service

Whereas the standards and requirements for community college curriculum are many and diverse, and

Whereas it is important to review curriculum not only at the course and program level but at the college level, and

Whereas colleges often need assistance in reviewing curriculum either in preparation for accreditation or as a result of an accreditation recommendation, and

Whereas the nature of a full college curriculum review is such that great benefits can accrue from the use of facilitators from outside the college,

Certificates

Whereas a number of faculty and CCCAOE presented information at the Certificates breakout during the 1998 Fall Plenary Session, and

Whereas conflicting issues and inadequate information prevented the delegates from defining and resolving the issues, including the term "skills awards," the reference to a regional coordination structure, inadequate distinction between credit and noncredit programs, and incomplete guidelines,


Resolved that the Academic Senate refer the "Occupational Certificate Programs" (see Appendix A) to the Executive Committee for:

Curriculum Model

Whereas California community colleges must respond to the needs of a changing student body population, and

Whereas because of welfare reform, many students will have increasingly limited time to attend traditionally scheduled and offered classes, and

Whereas the need to develop alternative approaches to the delivery of education is of paramount concern to faculty, and

Whereas alternative educational institutions such as National University, other private institutions, and the virtual university are competing for our students,

Substitute Motion for Resolution 9.06

Whereas, Current programs in California community colleges serve a wide variety of student and community needs;

Whereas, Local colleges and districts are best qualified to assess the needs of students in their programs and communities;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the right of local faculty, working through their local academic senates, to determine what writing course requirements within current Title 5 standards best meet the needs of the student populations and communities they serve.

Amend Title 5 Requirement for English (see 9.06R F 02)

Whereas, A mission of the California Community Colleges is to prepare its students for transfer to four-year institutions or for a career by providing two years of college-level study for which students receive an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree;

Whereas, All students, in order to be prepared to succeed in their chosen fields of employment, need to develop their abilities to read and write critically, comprehend and react to ever more complex texts, conduct research and prepare reports; and

Oral Communication

Whereas, Students who enter the workplace need effective oral communication skills to interview, work in groups, give reports and interact with the public and co-workers;

Whereas, Students who transfer to many universities need to complete an oral communication course to graduate; and

Whereas, Many community colleges do not require oral communication proficiency or coursework for Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees;

Program Discontinuance and Academic Integrity of Programs

Whereas, Colleges have proposed discontinuing programs for purely budgetary reasons and without consultation with their local academic senates;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to develop policies and processes through consultation for eliminating or substantially changing educational programs;

Basic Skills

Whereas, Students who are unprepared for college-level course work represent all ethnic, racial and economic groups and make up at least fifty percent of incoming students;

Whereas, Basic skills programs align instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and study skills technically study skills is not identified as basic skills in Title 5) with counseling and financial aid to create an efficient use of resources; and

Whereas, Many basic skills students declare goals of degree, certificate and/or transfer, according to Chancellor's Office data;

Changing Graduation Requirements for English and Mathematics

Whereas, Numerous community colleges are currently debating changes in their local graduation requirements, and several resolutions introduced and referred by the plenary body at the Fall 2002 session addressed proposed changes to Title 5 English and mathematics requirements for graduation, specifically
9.04recommended the right of local faculty, working through their local senates to determine mathematics requirements that best meet the needs of their students and communities, while

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