State and Legislative Issues

Revising the 50% Law

Whereas, Abolishing the 50% law creates an incentive to cut both instructional and non-instructional faculty;

Whereas, Removing non-instructional faculty from the 50% law, making them an entity by themselves, still provides no incentive for protecting or increasing non-instructional faculty funding; and

Whereas, Including non-instructional faculty and increasing the 50% law to 54% still leaves instructional faculty and non-instructional faculty in competition for funding;

Revising the 50% Law

Whereas, The 50% law mandates that at least half of a district’s unrestricted operational expenditures must be used for direct instruction, excluding the support services provided by counseling and library faculty from the calculation;

Whereas, The Academic Senate has passed a variety of resolutions concerning the 50% law and fully supports a higher percentage which would include all faculty on the same side of the calculation;

Revise the Application of the 50% Law

Whereas, What is known as the “50% Law” is a reference to California Education Code §84362(d), which states that “There shall be expended during each fiscal year for payment of salaries of classroom instructors by a community college district, 50 percent of the district's current expense of education”;

Whereas, The 50% law is often cited as a disincentive to the hiring of faculty who provide vital support services for students, such as counseling and library faculty;

Abolishing the 50% Law

Whereas, The 50% Law was never revised to apply to community colleges post AB1725;

Whereas, The 50% Law has fostered division between instructional faculty and non-instructional faculty;

Whereas, The 50% Law has been used as a rationale for not spending general fund money on necessary student support services; and

Whereas, Life without the 50% Law would allow for honest discussions about planning and budget to better foster student success;

Accelerated Timeframe for Nursing Programs

Whereas, Curriculum, program development, and standards regarding student success are areas of faculty primacy under Title 5 §53200;

Whereas, The timeframe in which courses and programs are offered is a curricular issue, and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has resolutions that support the importance of the timeframe of courses and the impact on student success and retention;

Whereas, Student success should be the focus in the curricular process and not the time to completion; and

Organizing and Fostering California Community College Activism

Whereas, The current political climate has directed attacks on public education and the California community colleges in such forms as cuts in funding and unsubstantiated reform efforts;

Whereas, The academic and professional work of the California community colleges is directly and significantly impacted by legislative actions and efforts; and

Whereas, California community college faculty, students and staff need the capacity, direction, and skills to counter attacks and advocate for California community colleges;

Threat to Cal Grants

Whereas, Rising college costs threaten to put higher education out of reach for many students, including California community college students, and each legislative budget cycle seems to include discussion of a proposed increase in fees;

Tracking Direct Costs of Instruction and Administrative Costs

Whereas, Section 84362 of the California Education Code, commonly known as the “50% law,” is an artifact of the K-12 educational system of which community colleges were originally a part, designed to reduce district expenditures on administrative salaries with the goal of reducing class size to improve instructional outcomes;

Fees, Access, and Quality

Whereas, The ongoing California budget crisis may prompt attempts to increase various student fees, thus having the potential to further jeopardize student access and to force a choice between declining quality or reliance on increased fees to maintain quality of instruction; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate has long-standing positions in support of student access and in opposition to student fees;

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