State and Legislative Issues

Opposition to Legislation on Minimum Qualifications for Faculty

Whereas, The California Education Code and Title5 gives the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges primacy over determining minimum qualifications for faculty hiring and give local academic senates primacy over the equivalency process; and

Whereas, There are legislative attempts to restrict or eliminate the primacy of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to establish minimum qualifications and its member senates to establish equivalencies;

Limit Taxpayer-funded, Need-Based Financial Aid to Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges Only

Whereas, Need-based financial aid is awarded to students on the basis of financial necessity rather than academic merit;

Whereas, Historically, the vast majority of students have attended public or private nonprofit colleges, and thus need-based financial aid from taxpayer dollars was thought to be an investment in individuals for the good of society and not for the benefit of private investors;

General Fund Dollar Support for Community Service Courses

Whereas, California Education Code §78300(c) states,

Governing boards shall not expend General Fund moneys to establish and maintain community service classes. Governing boards may charge students enrolled in community service classes a fee not to exceed the cost of maintaining community service classes… and shall maintain uniform accounting procedures to ensure that General Fund moneys are not used for community services classes;

 

Removal of ESL Students from Student Success Task Force Recommendations

Whereas, The recommendations (as of September 30, 2011) of the California Community College Task Force on Student Success (established in response to Senate Bill 1143, Liu, 2010) do not apply specifically to enabling the success of English as a Second Language (ESL) students, with ESL only tangentially mentioned in the context of basic skills;

Assign Responsibility for Adult Education to California Community Colleges

Whereas, The responsibility for adult education in California is inconsistently applied throughout the state, in some cases being assumed by the K-12 system and in others by community colleges;

Whereas, The K-12 system has shifted millions of dollars in adult education funds to support other K-12 categorical programs that had experienced deep funding cuts, leading to a transfer of more than $400 million out of adult education programs;

Limit Taxpayer-funded, Need-Based Financial Aid to Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges Only

Whereas, Need-based financial aid is awarded to students on the basis of financial necessity rather than academic merit;

Whereas, Historically, the vast majority of students have attended public or private nonprofit colleges, and thus need-based financial aid from taxpayer dollars was thought to be an investment in individuals for the good of society and not for the benefit of private investors; and

Evaluation and Revision of Financial Aid Systems

Whereas, The majority of California community college students are eligible for some form of federal or state financial aid;
Whereas, Students remain in classes even when failing because they fear losing their financial aid, therefore engaging in unproductive and inefficient behaviors; and
Whereas, Students may accumulate excessive units by enrolling in and completing courses solely in order to retain their financial aid, and the Board of Governors (BOG) fee waivers set no limit on the number of units students may accrue while attending college under a BOG fee waiver;

Oppose Shift of CCC Credit Instruction to a Pay-for-Service Model

Whereas, Current law and regulation limit community college fee-for-service instruction to community and contract education;

Whereas, Assembly Bill (AB) 515 (Brownley, February 15, 2011) proposes to allow local community college boards the authority, “without approval of the board of governors, to establish and maintain an extension program offering credit courses,” to permit colleges to collect a local fee for services for providing credit instruction to students the college is unable to serve via state apportionment; and

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