State and Legislative Issues

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;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the abolition of the 50% Law.

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;

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;

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