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Support for Local Academic Senates in Committing to a Guided Pathways Framework

Whereas, Resolution 9.12 F15 “urge[s] local academic senates and colleges to create formal processes and policies that require the local academic senate, in consultation with its curriculum committee, to evaluate and endorse any proposed curricular pathways offered by an external organization before such a program is institutionalized;”

Academic Senate Role in Appointing Faculty for Guided Pathways Framework Design and Implementation

Whereas, the California Community College Guided Pathways Grant Program, in California Education Code §88922[1] states that: (g) Participating community colleges may use the grant funds to implement guided pathways programs for various limited-term purposes, including, but not necessarily limited to any, or any combination, including all of the following: (1) Faculty and staff release time to review and redesign guided pathways programs, instruction, and student services;

Support for Academic Senate Faculty Leadership Training

Whereas, it is critical for local full and part-time faculty leaders to attend plenary sessions and other Academic Senate for California Community College institutes for leadership development and to learn the state landscape;

Whereas, it is necessary to train the next generation of leaders at each college, and recent initiatives, grants, increases in categorical funds, and changes to the curriculum processes all require locate senate input and approval; and

Whereas, many local senates may not have sufficient funds to support faculty leadership opportunities;

Local Senate Purview Over Placement of Apprenticeship Courses Within Disciplines

Whereas, Title 5 §53200 recognizes the placement of courses within disciplines as a part of curriculum, which is an academic and professional matter under the purview of local academic senates;

Whereas, The placement of courses within disciplines determines the minimum qualifications required for faculty assigned to teach courses in the California Community Colleges;

Whereas, The purview of local academic senates over the placement of courses within disciplines applies to all courses, including courses required for completion of apprenticeship degrees and certificates; and

Local Academic Senate Role in Developing and Implementing Guided Pathways Frameworks

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has stated in the recently approved Vision for Success that “Colleges can use the Guided Pathways framework to bring about transformational change” and “the entire system is expected to adopt Guided Pathways over time;”

Whereas, A guided pathways framework calls on colleges to make significant change to processes that support existing curriculum and academic standards that have been agreed upon through governance processes that respect and uphold local districts’ 10+1 agreements;

Adequate Support and a Designated Point Person for Formerly Incarcerated Students

Whereas, SB1391 (2014, Hancock) increased the California community college course offerings inside state prisons so that California community colleges are now teaching in-person in 32 of the state’s 35 correctional facilities;

Whereas, Proposition 57 (2016) will increase the number of individuals being released from state correctional facilities, and will prioritize those individuals who are pursuing college courses while incarcerated;

Whereas, Individuals being released are encouraged to continue their pursuit of higher education when they return to their communities; and

Academic Senate Involvement in and Sign-off on Grants and Initiative Plans

Whereas, The Governor of California and state legislature have been instrumental in producing legislation that has transformed and continues to transform educational standards in the California Community College System, such as the Institutional Effective Partnership Initiative (IEPI), Strong Workforce Program (SB 66, 2016, Leyva), Adult Education/Non-Credit Initiative (AB86, Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, 2013-2014) and Student Success and Support Programs (SSSP) Initiative (SB1456, 2012,Lowenthal), and other special grants such as Open Educational Resources (OER) Zero Cost Textbook Degre

Posting of Local Equivalency Processes on Websites

Whereas, Reviewing local equivalency processes from other districts can be helpful to local senates when they are undergoing review and revision of their own local equivalency processes;

Whereas, Local senates across the state have adopted a wide range of differing procedures for establishing equivalency, and having access to these procedures would help colleges establishing procedures of their own to compare effective practices; and

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