State and Legislative Issues

Opposition to SB 235

Whereas, SB 235 (Vasconcellos) requires that, when a faculty or classified staff representative is to serve on a college or district task force, committee, or other governance group, the selection of that faculty or classified staff representative be made by the exclusive representative (exclusive bargaining agent) of the faculty or classified employees of that college or district; and

Access for Students with Disabilities

Whereas, The Chancellor's Office for California Community College supports Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and has assured the Office for Civil Rights that the California community colleges will provide access for students with disabilities;

Whereas, The legal counsel for the California Community Colleges has rendered an opinion that the provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act require electronic access compliance for students with disabilities; and

Department of Finance

Whereas, Educational policy recommendations for the California Community College System are the result of considered Academic Senate deliberations, Consultation Council review and Board of Governors action;

Whereas, The Board of Governors is empowered by the California Education Code to set educational policy for the California Community College System;

Whereas, The California Department of Finance increasingly uses its finding of unfunded mandates to establish, to block or to make fundamental changes to educational policy actions; and

Matriculation Provisions Belong in Education Code

Whereas AB 3 (Campbell) established matriculation in the Education Code as a set of services that were contingent on specific funding by the Legislature, and

Whereas enforcement of law has been necessary to assure that districts provide adequate services and use funds appropriately, and

Whereas the Legislature has indicated the need for increased support of services to students,

Community Service

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is on record in Resolution 6.01 F99 as supporting the Governor's call to community service, with the reservation that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges opposes a mandatory service graduation requirement, and

College Credit for High School Courses

Whereas the terms "credit by examination" and "articulation" are ambiguous in the "Proposed Revisions to the Standards of Scholarship Regulations" of the Board of Governors,


Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Board of Governors to revise the language in the "Proposed Revisions to the Standards of Scholarship Regulations" of the Board of Governors in order to clarify the relationship of "credit by examination" and "articulation," and

Student Fees for Student Services

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports the full spectrum of student services to be funded by college appropriations, and has historically opposed imposition of any new fees on our students, and

Whereas there is recurrent discussion of new student fees either voluntary or mandatory to pay for such things as textbooks, technology, and instructional materials,

California Master Plan for Education, Kindergarten through University

Whereas a past president of the University of California, who was a principal architect of the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education, wrote, "When I was guiding the development of the Master Plan for Higher Education in California in 1959 and 1960, I considered the vast expansion of the community colleges to be the first line of defense for the University of California as an institution of academic renown"; and

Protection of Academic Senate Reassigned Time

Whereas the State Auditor has investigated the application of the 50% law and found that 6 of the 10 districts surveyed were out of compliance, and that the Chancellor's Office has failed to exercise proper oversight of and compliance with the 50% law, and

Whereas some local academic senates report that their administrations have threatened to revoke reassigned time for AB 1725 governance mandates if the 50% law is enforced,

50% Audit of All Districts

Whereas legislation exists specifying that California community college districts allocate 50% of the "Current Expenses of Education" budget to classroom instruction, and

Whereas a random audit of ten California community college districts revealed that six were out of compliance with the 50% law, and

Whereas the California community colleges are recipients of public funds and ought to be routinely audited to ensure compliance with all legislative requirements,

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