State and Legislative Issues

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;

Clarify Title 5 on Degree-applicability of Courses

Whereas, Title 5 55805.5 subsection (a) provides for associate degree applicability for any course accepted for transfer to the California State University or the University of California;

Whereas, System Office Legal Opinion O02-16 has interpreted other parts of 55805.5 as barring this applicability in some cases; and

Whereas, this interpretation unnecessarily complicates evaluation of a student's progress toward a degree;

Noncredit Repeatability

Whereas, There are many important and educationally sound reasons why course repeatability is critical to noncredit student success;

Whereas, Currently, noncredit has no course repeatability limits; and

Whereas, The Board of Governors has recently discussed making changes to Title 5 that would impose "appropriate" limitations on course repeatability for all noncredit students by June 30, 2009;

Student Health Service Fees

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long standing position of no student fees whatsoever, but student health service fees are determined locally and are levied on a per student basis;

Whereas, These fees are often applied inconsistently to students with local exceptions being made for various cohorts such as Board of Governor waiver recipients or pre-employment academies such as public safety programs;

AB 1972 and the Impact on Nursing Faculty

Whereas, The Academic Senate paper, Status of Nursing Education in California Community Colleges states that "Tenured full-time faculty are essential to the health and well-being of any nursing program," but AB 1972 (March 8, 2006) recommends hiring non-tenured full-time temporary positions for nursing faculty;

Community College Initiative

Whereas, In 1988, the California Legislature in AB1725 declared, "The Legislature is committed to an alternative vision in which California remains a place of opportunity and hope--where innovation and creativity mark our economy and our culture, and where the minds and spirits of all our communities contribute to our common future.

50% Law Status Report

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has addressed issues with the 50% law in three previous resolutions of 6.07 F00, 8.03 S01 and 8.04 S01; and

Whereas, The System Office (previously known as the CCCCO) has only made minor attempts to address the 50% law issue, including minor adjustments made to the accounting practices;

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