State and Legislative Issues

Amend Resolution 6.05

Amend the first resolve to read:


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm its commitment to the 75:25 ratio and the desire to see more part-time faculty become full-time; and Strike final resolve. MSR Disposition: Executive Committee to research and report at Spring 2006 Plenary Session

Limitations for Part-time Faculty

Whereas, Full-time faculty are responsible for vital activities beyond the classroom such as writing curriculum, participating in governance, and responding to the needs of and interacting with the community (e.g. workforce advisory committees);

Whereas, The relationship between academic freedom and tenure is well established;

Whereas, The Academic Senate stands firmly behind the principles of academic freedom and the benefits of a 75:25 ratio, principles which have been attacked and threatened recently; and

Community College Initiative

Whereas, The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) in coalition with the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild and the Community College League of California (CCLC), known as Californians for Community Colleges, have developed a community college issues initiative for inclusion on the November 2006 general election ballot;

Legislation, Funding and Curriculum

Whereas, Budget bill SB 77 (2005) provided much needed funding to community college nursing programs but based that funding upon a linkage to the use of the Advanced Degree in Nursing (ADN) Prerequisite Study formula;

Whereas, Title 5 is clear that community college faculty and the local academic senate have the responsibility for curriculum and validation of prerequisites needed to support student success; and

2006-2007 System Budget Proposal

Whereas, The Academic Senate supported the System 2006-07 budget proposal, which attempts to resolve a variety of funding inequities in one balanced package;

Whereas, This package included proposed funds for growth, equalization, noncredit, professional development, part-time equity and full-time hiring; and

Whereas, The system may not achieve full use of growth funds in this and future years;

"Single Definition" of Higher Education Institutions

Whereas, HR 3039 outlines the definition of higher education and proposes to include all accredited institutions, including for-profit and proprietary institutions, where only public institutions were previously identified;

Whereas, A "single definition" approach would provide funding to profit-making organizations, reducing funding for public education and its broad public mission and responsibilities; and

Integrity in the Learning Environment

Whereas, Senate Bill 5 (introduced December 6,2004), also known as "The Student Bill of Rights," proposes that "teachers should not take unfair advantage of a student's immaturity by indoctrinating him or her with the teacher's own opinions" and specifies that "curricula and reading lists in the humanities and social sciences shall respect the uncertainty and unsettled character of all human knowledge in these areas, and provide students with dissenting sources and viewpoints";

Student Health Fees

Whereas, Health is an important aspect of student success, and community college student health centers provide healthcare that promotes student success;

Whereas, Students who receive Board of Governors fee waivers are exempt from paying an assessed health fee, and rising student fees have increased the number of students eligible for Board of Governor fee waivers, thus decreasing revenues for student healthcare centers;

Student Health Fees

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long opposed mandatory student fees;

Whereas, Good health is a vital prerequisite to student success, but on-campus health services are experiencing a fiscal crisis; and

Whereas, There is a current legislative proposal to eliminate the health fee waiver for low-income students;

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