Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports student success, and

Whereas many CalWORKs students enter college underprepared in basic skills, and

Whereas 12-18 months is not an adequate time to complete most basic skills programs, and

Whereas the federal program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) allows 24 months for completion,

Textbooks: Model Policies and Ethical Considerations

Whereas, Local academic senates face questions and conflicts regarding textbook selection, price, authorship, copyright, etc.; and

Whereas, Local academic senates need guidance on the applicability of academic freedom with regard to textbook issues;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges produce a position paper on model policies and ethical considerations regarding textbooks and other course materials.

Textbook Pricing Policies

Whereas the availability of affordable textbooks and other assigned classroom materials is critical to student success, and

Whereas textbook pricing policies are thereby a major academic concern of faculty,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to the Executive Committee that the Senate collaborate with Ca1SACC to investigate textbook pricing policies systemwide, identify issues, and report back to the Academic Senate for the 1996 Fall session any appropriate recommendations for action.

Textbook Pricing

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

Whereas, New editions are often published with few content changes, making used books unavailable, and unnecessary bundling increases the costs to students;

Whereas, Marketing costs account for over 15% of the cost to students; and

Whereas, Textbooks are sold to individuals via the Internet for significantly less than they are sold in bulk to college bookstores;

SB 1300 -15% Reduction of Student Fees

Whereas high student fees hinder access to the California Community Colleges, and

Whereas SB 1300 requires that California community college districts reduce student fees by 15% effective January 1, 1996,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the concepts in SB 1300 as they exist on April 2, 1995. M/S/C Disposition: Articulation Coord Council, COFO, Chancellor's Office, Executive Committee, FACCC, Governor, Legislature, CalSACC, Board of Governors

Plus/Minus Grading

Whereas community college students would greatly benefit from a more precise method of recording academic achievement,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm its support for the permissive use of plus/minus grading, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to present a specific proposal for a plus/minus grading system, including Title 5 implications, to a future session.
M/S/C Disposition: Executive Committee, CalSACC

Student Equity

Resolved that the Academic Senate adopt the document "Student Equity: Guidelines for Developing a Plan."

Laroche Challenge Mentoring Paper

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the paper titled "Student Mentoring: Responding to the Laroche Challenge". (See Enclosed)
M/S/U DISPOSITION: Local senates, CIOs, Chancellor's Office, Board of Governors, Jonnah Laroche

Textbook Issues: Economic Pressures and Academic Values

The rising cost of college textbooks has recently become a topic of intense public debate. It is perceived as a significant barrier to college attendance, and an assortment of legislative remedies has been proposed. This position paper of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explains that profit is just one of a complex series of interacting issues that determine the ultimate cost of textbooks to students. Educational and ethical issues surrounding the adoption of course material are explored, and a wide variety of interested parties and their concerns are identified.


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