State and Legislative Issues

Additional Revenue

Whereas, The 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education affirmed that the California community colleges were to be institutions of inclusion for all populations, and the colleges remain today the primary gateway to higher educational opportunities for citizens who are economically and educationally disadvantaged; and

Whereas, Historically, state budget cuts have had a negative impact on the delivery of instruction and services critical to the access and success of all students;

Opposition to Budget Cuts to Matriculation, EOPS, and DSPS

Whereas, The paradigm of the California community colleges has for the past four decades increasingly been one of inclusion for all populations; and both state and federal law, as well as respect for human diversity and need, call for California community colleges to provide services and programs to include students with disabilities and socioeconomic disadvantages;

Whereas, It is clear through both research and anecdotal experience that sound practices in student orienting, academic advising and educational goal-setting are key elements of success for all students;

College Determination of Programs and Curriculum

Whereas, Legislation is being introduced in the California Legislature designed to implement the new Master Plan for Education; and

Whereas, Parts of this legislation seek to remove the authority for the approval of programs and the establishment and modification of curriculum, as well as other academic matters, away from the local level and place the authority entirely in the hands of a centralized administrative state body, such as the Board of Governors;

Rights and Responsibilities of Local Academic Senates

Whereas, Legislation is being introduced in the California Legislature designed to implement the new Master Plan for Education;

Whereas, Parts of this legislation seek to remove or amend current law with regard to the rights and responsibilities of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and of local senates to "assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards," presently provided for in Education Code 70901 and 70902 and further detailed entitle 5; and

Appropriate Funding Per FTE

Whereas the national average cost of instruction for one FTES is $6,000 at a community college, and

Whereas at California community colleges the apportionment is $3,500 and ranks last in the nation, and

Whereas the UC, CSU, and K-12 apportionment is much higher than that of community colleges,

Resolved the Academic Senate urge the legislature and the Governor to increase Full-time Equivalent Student (FTES) funding for community colleges so that they can carry out their missions, and

Full Funding and Participation in the Board of Governors Process

Whereas the Board of Governors Budget Change Proposals (BCPs) have grown to be a substantial part of the system's funding, proposed to be over $500 million of the over $4 billion proposed budget for 1998-99, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has not had the opportunity to participate in the development of BCPs, even those involving academic and professional matters, and

Whereas BCPs have not consistently funded the full cost of functions they mandate to the districts, particularly the cost of full-time faculty positions,

Health Benefits

Whereas FACCC helped write the AB 3099 (Campbell Bill), now law, which would award health benefits to part-time community college instructors working in different districts whose total hours were equivalent to full-time status, and

Whereas the majority of community college instructors working in non-credit programs are part-time instructors, and

Whereas many of these instructors work part-time in K-12 adult education programs and noncredit community college programs to achieve full-time loads, and

75/25 Compliance

Whereas community colleges hire a considerable number of employees, many of whom are part-time faculty, and

Whereas the number of employees working up to the limit of the 175 day rule continues to increase, and

Whereas many districts are out of compliance with the mandated 75/25 full-time, part-time ratio;

Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to secure the 75/25ratio data from the Chancellor's office that will reveal the statistics for each college and each district, and

Cap Removal

Whereas the growth cap has not succeeded in equalizing funding for needy districts, and

Whereas growth spending must be planned carefully and must precede targeted growth goals, and

Whereas realistic timelines for growth must be developed and followed to assure an orderly educational delivery system;

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the legislature to remove the current growth cap, and

Encouraging Student Voting

Whereas the presidential election will be held on November 5, 1996, and

Whereas there are several issues and candidates on the ballot that will affect or impact California community colleges, and

Whereas students and faculty who vote may influence the outcome of the election;

Resolved that the Academic Senate request faculty to announce that all students should vote on November 5.


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