Curriculum

Articulation of Courses Offered in a Distance Education Mode

Whereas, There has been confusion about the articulation to the University of California of a few California community college courses offered in a distance education mode;

Whereas, There exist specific curriculum guidelines and processes for the development, approval and articulation of all courses, with additional review of courses offered in a distance education mode, as required by Title 5 Regulations; and

Whereas, The continuation of courses offered in a distance education mode is critical to meet the demands of community college students;

Distance Learning

Whereas the concomitant effects of increased enrollment and increased fees have adversely impacted access for community college students, and

Whereas the colleges are using more distance learning technologies to meet the increased demands for access to our institutions, and

Whereas college faculty have the expertise to determine the applications of appropriate instructional technologies,

Local Curriculum Process

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has conducted 21 statewide orientations on course standards and the Chancellor's Office course standards handbook, and

Whereas participants at those workshops unanimously requested follow up sessions that support local curriculum committees,


Resolved that the Academic Senate continue to provide support to the local curriculum process.

State Advisory Committee on Curriculum

Whereas the Chancellor's Office is authorized to approve new programs, substantial changes in programs, and stand-alone courses, and

Whereas the Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office have approved the delegation of its approval authority to the colleges for stand-alone courses and substantial changes in programs, and

Whereas AB 1725 grants faculty the primary responsibility for curriculum,

New Program Approval Process

Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend to the Chancellor's Office that the signature of the local academic senate president be required for approval of educational programs in the curriculum review process.

Competency Statement

Resolved that the Academic Senate adopt the document "Statement of Competencies in Languages other than English Expected of Entering Freshmen, Phase II - Chinese, Japanese, Russian."

Develop Local Curriculum Processes

Whereas local curriculum committees continue to assume new responsibilities in course and program approval, which include delegation of approval authority, establishing prerequisites and the likelihood of distance education,


Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to continue to develop effective curriculum processes.
M/S/U DISPOSITION: Local senates

Local Curriculum Committee Chairs List

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to maintain a list of local faculty curriculum committee chairs, college and district, for possible separate mailings.
M/S/U DISPOSITION: Executive Committee

Usable Curriculum Handbook

Whereas local academic senates are responsible for curriculum development, and

Whereas the current Curriculum Standards Handbook is not user friendly, and

Whereas in the spirit of shared governance, the chief instructional officers need to be involved,


Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to work with the appropriate groups to develop a handbook which is brief, usable and computer accessible.
M/S/C DISPOSITION: Executive Committee, Chancellor's Office, CIOs

Curriculum Committees

Whereas class size has pedagogical and quality implications in instruction,


Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to local senate that local curriculum committees, when reviewing new and existing courses and programs, consider the instructional implications of class size, including multiple sections and distance education.
M/S/C DISPOSITION: Executive Committee, Local senates

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