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.

What's Wrong with Student Fees? Renewing the Commitment to No-Fee, Open-Access Community Colleges in California

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has maintained long-standing support for the no-fee, open-access concept of California's community colleges. This paper documents the history of the introduction of fees and the seemingly inevitable subsequent increases-all of which have been vigorously opposed by the Academic Senate. It makes the case that such fees have betrayed the educational vision of California's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education-a vision that has served California well.

Textbook Pricing Policies and Student Access

As a result of a request to review textbook pricing systemwide (S96 20.1), the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges distributed a survey soliciting bookstore information from all bookstore managers, local academic senate presidents, and student body presidents. The information from the survey, plus additional research is included in this paper to examine several issues involved in the rising costs of textbooks, particularly from the perspective of costs to students and possible barriers to enrollment and success.

Student Mentoring: Responding to the Laroche Challenge

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has held a longstanding commitment to increasing the transfer of historically underrepresented students. Particularly noteworthy in this ongoing effort of the Academic Senate occurred during the 1991-93 period when the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges adopted a Senate initiated, system-wide "Student Equity Policy" that seeks to address individual college responsibilities in this area.

Student Equity: Proposal for Action

No issue is more important to the future of California than student equity, than increasing the enrollment and success of under represented ethnic minorities. Unless we enable large numbers of students from many ethnic groups to be successfully integrated into the economic mainstream of this state, we will certainly have failed those students. That motive is reason enough for urgent action. However, even if one were ethically indifferent, student equity is no less important.


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