Students

Supporting Student Self-Referral for Tutoring Services

Whereas, Title 5 58170 (e) undermines a student's ability to assess their own needs by mandating that students enrolled in a supervised tutoring course be referred by a counselor or instructor on the basis of an identified learning need;

Whereas, Many students seek tutoring for reasons other than an identified learning need and as a result are prohibited from benefiting from tutoring services;

Student E-Voter Registration Act of 2007

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is on record as supporting student voter registration by approving resolution 17.03 S02 "Voter Registration and Student Mobilization";

Whereas, SB854, "Student E-Voter Registration Act of 2007," mandates community colleges to provide the option for students to receive pre-printed voter registration cards through online community college class registration by 2010;

Researching the Needs of LGBT Students

Whereas, In the Spring of 2009, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution (3.02 S09) encouraging Academic Senate attention to the pedagogical and student services needs of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students;

Whereas, Many faculty have observed anecdotally that some LGBT students do face difficulties that are particular to people from the very diverse LGBT community;

Honors Programs

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has supported student equity in all areas of student activities and the development of curriculum, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has supported honors programs in resolution 20.04 F98, and

Whereas honors programs have traditionally been a bridge to help students transfer, and

Whereas honors programs have sometimes been seen as elitist, favoring one group over others, but there is no data to support this view,

Improving Student Access to Financial Aid

Whereas, The mission of the California community colleges is to provide access to quality instruction to those who are capable of benefiting, many of whom are low-income, disadvantaged, or underrepresented;

Whereas, Students' ability to attend community colleges is affected by significant related expenses, such as the costs for books, transportation, and childcare, as well as general living expenses, leading the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges to adopt many resolutions opposing an additional burden on students in the form of increased student fees; and

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Veterans and Financial Aid

Whereas, The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, effective August 1, 2009, provides a maximum of 36 months of benefits for veterans to assist them in completing a college education, including full tuition "not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees of a public institution of higher learning," a monthly housing allowance, and an annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 (http://www.gibill.va.gov/);

Admissions Priorities and Practices Regarding Out-of-State and International Students

Whereas, Restrictive and inadequate funding from the state and enrollments caps have forced colleges to seek alternate sources of revenue;

Whereas, Out of state and international students pay higher fees and in many colleges are guaranteed 12 units; and

Whereas, Many colleges give enrollment priority to out of state and international students, thereby depriving resident students of access in spite of their contributions to California higher education;

Cal Grant Eligibility for Students in Impacted Programs

Whereas, Certain occupational programs involve patient or client safety and classes with large numbers of class hours in laboratory or clinical practice, thus making it difficult for many of the students in these programs to carry a minimum 12-unit load;

Whereas, Many of these occupational programs are impacted and have limited training slots available for students, thus forcing students to attend laboratory or clinical classes as early as 5:00 a.m. and as late as 11:00 p.m., thereby creating burdens on students with families and children; and

Reducing Textbook Costs

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is on record as encouraging faculty to consider the cost of books;

Whereas, Textbook prices have increased beyond the resources of many students; and

Whereas, The Fall 2005 paper Textbook Issues: Economic Pressures and Academic Values provided recommendations to local academic senates about how to reduce textbook costs for our students;

E-texts

Whereas, The high cost of textbooks is a barrier to student access, retention, and success, and the expense of textbooks often forces students to sacrifice academic time for work hours;

Whereas, Electronic web-based material is often less expensive than a printed text and may be of greater educational value because of its interactive and multimedia nature, and is sometimes paid for through licensing fees rather than purchased like a textbook;

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