State and Legislative Issues

Integrity in the Learning Environment

Whereas, Senate Bill 5 (introduced December 6,2004), also known as "The Student Bill of Rights," proposes that "teachers should not take unfair advantage of a student's immaturity by indoctrinating him or her with the teacher's own opinions" and specifies that "curricula and reading lists in the humanities and social sciences shall respect the uncertainty and unsettled character of all human knowledge in these areas, and provide students with dissenting sources and viewpoints";

Student Health Fees

Whereas, Health is an important aspect of student success, and community college student health centers provide healthcare that promotes student success;

Whereas, Students who receive Board of Governors fee waivers are exempt from paying an assessed health fee, and rising student fees have increased the number of students eligible for Board of Governor fee waivers, thus decreasing revenues for student healthcare centers;

Student Health Fees

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long opposed mandatory student fees;

Whereas, Good health is a vital prerequisite to student success, but on-campus health services are experiencing a fiscal crisis; and

Whereas, There is a current legislative proposal to eliminate the health fee waiver for low-income students;

Student Fees

Whereas, Many students are eligible for fee waivers;

Whereas, The number of students eligible for fee waivers increases as fees increase; and

Whereas, A large bureaucracy is required to collect fees and to administer fee waivers;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore the net cost effect to the State of California and to the local districts of increasing student fees and, indeed, of having any student fees whatsoever.

Elimination of Board of Governors and Reduction of System Office

Whereas, The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges provides independent oversight and policy direction to the 109 community colleges of our system in a public forum and is subject to the Open Meetings Act and the ethical behavior required by law;

Whereas, The California Performance Review proposes the elimination of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, although the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University's Board of Trustees, and the State Board of Education (K-12) would remain intact;

California Performance Review

Whereas, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the California Performance Review to identify "fraud, waste, and abuse" in state agencies;

Whereas, The California Performance Review purports that its recommendations would result in savings that practitioners and the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) contend cannot be achieved, and, according to the LAO, these recommendations may, in fact, cost the state considerably more money than is presently expended; and

Career Ladders Implementation

Whereas, The California Performance Review makes recommendations regarding economic and workforce development;

Whereas, Research conducted by the Career Ladders Project has identified both effective practices and areas in need of improvement, such as student support services and integration with college curriculum; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long supported the concepts contained in the Career Ladders Project as an effective means to improve workforce development;

Mission of the California Community Colleges

Whereas, The California Performance Review makes extensive reference to the vocational/career/workforce development function of the California community colleges;

Whereas, Recommendation ETV26 suggests that the California community colleges should "reinforce the priority of the economic and workforce development role of community colleges;"

Whereas, The California community colleges have multiple missions defined in Education Code 66010.1 through 66010.8, including degrees, transfer, basic skills, as well as vocational; and

Process for Revision of Education Code

Whereas the Chancellor's Office has instituted the Education Code Reform Initiative, and

Whereas this reform initiative affects all levels within the system, faculty, students, administrators, trustees, the Chancellor, and the Board of Governors, and

Whereas all of the above mentioned constituencies must have opportunity for ongoing dialogue and input to recommendations for reform of the Education Code,

Increased Funding for Noncredit Courses

Whereas many colleges offer remedial courses through the noncredit mode, and

Whereas many of our students in transfer classes have deficiencies in skills that may include reading, mathematical computation, writing, and communication,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the community college organizations to support increased funding for noncredit courses to the level of 80% of the current credit funding. MSR


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