State and Legislative Issues

Student Equity Clarification

Whereas student equity as a concept embraces all students and calls attention primarily to institutional effectiveness with regard to student access and success, and

Whereas as open door institutions, community colleges do not and cannot make admittance decisions based on race, ethnicity, and other factors, and

Whereas the political climate of the state suggests the possibility that all things identified with affirmative action will be forcibly removed from community colleges,

Title 5: "Shall" Means Mandatory

Whereas the administration at Pasadena City College has officially maintained that the term "shall" in Title 5 is to be interpreted as "should" when applied to the duties of their Board of Trustees including "to consult collegially" on "academic and professional matters" such as the budget process, and

Whereas the Superior Court of the State of California (Pasadena), apparently relying on the administration's mischaracterizations, agreed that the "shall" really means "should," resulting in the matter being now before the California Appellate Court, and

Opposition to the Civil Rights Initiative

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has consistently supported the principles of non-discrimination and the removal of barriers to equal opportunity for underrepresented groups including women, racial minorities, and the disabled, and

Whereas hiring a diverse faculty and achieving student equity and student success are necessary for excellence in education, and

Whereas affirmative action is necessary for achieving a diverse faculty and achieving student equity and student success, and

Opposition to SB 1399

Whereas instructors are professional educators concerned with the success of each student, and

Whereas in consultation with peers in their discipline, instructors are capable of selecting appropriate materials to assist with this success, and

Whereas instructors are recognized for publications and other educational materials which enrich the class atmosphere and satisfy course objectives,

Opposition to SB 1399

Whereas there has recently been legislation proposed that would inhibit academic freedom (SB 1399), and

Whereas the Academic Senate of the California State Universities has

Resolved to oppose the language of SB 1399 (Appendix B), and

Whereas it is our understanding that the bill has been withdrawn by the author after dialogue with the Academic Senates of CSU and California Community Colleges,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose any legislation that limits an instructor's choice of teaching materials, and

AB444 and AB726 Charter Colleges

Whereas the California Community College system is the largest college system in the world, and

Whereas the governance of California Community Colleges has and continues to be a complex process of cultures that include the Board of Governors, the Council of Faculty Organizations, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, the Chief Instructional Officers of the California Community Colleges, and other groups, and

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