State and Legislative Issues

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,

Department of Labor Division of Apprenticeship Standards

Whereas the California State government has enacted Labor Code 3099 requiring the Department of Labor, Division of Apprenticeship Standards to
Establish and validate minimum standards for the licensing of electricians in California, and
Establish an advisory committee and panels as necessary, and

Whereas the current proposals before the advisory committee and standards panel intend to limit access to training and certification to indentured apprentices only, which will result in hardship to persons wishing to enter the electrical field, and

NCAA Computer Science Legislation

Whereas legislation that prevents high schools from including computer science courses in the NCAA eligibility "core course" list was presented to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and

Whereas computer literacy and information competency skills for high school students are increasingly critical to their success in college, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is currently responding to the need for information/computer competency skills and will be adopting guidelines for their implementation,

50% Law

Whereas there is recent public awareness of the 50% Law, and

Whereas there is much confusion over how districts are interpreting the 50% Law,

Resolved that the Academic Senate distribute auditing guidelines and an update from the October 30, 2000 Consultation taskforce on the 50% Law by the beginning of the spring semester, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate hold a breakout on the 50% Law at the Spring 2001 Plenary Session.


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