Students

Financial Support of Student Senate

Whereas students are guaranteed a right to effective participation in issues regarding academic matters at the college level, and that voice deserves adequate support Statewide, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long history of support (first resolution: Fall 1969) of student participation in local and State community college governance, and

IRS Ruling

Whereas recent IRS policy discourages colleges from employing their own students and reduces the opportunity for students to gain the benefit of work experience, and

Whereas colleges are not required to pay social security taxes on student hourly wages and these contributions are not withheld from student hourly checks, and

Whereas a recent IRS ruling has a defined student's status for the exemption to be a minimum of 12 units, and

Student Material Fee

Whereas the Academic Senate adopted resolutions 20.10 (Fall 94) and 1.2 (Spring 95) urging its Executive Committee to conduct a survey of student material fees as a result of concerns raised by CalSACC and Saddleback College Student Body relating to instructional and student representation fees, and

Whereas the Chancellor's Office provided all colleges with several legal opinions (M 94-27) and (M 96-28) on community college student fees in response to the issues raised, as well as specific procedures for challenging alleged illegal student fees, and

Student Loan Options

Whereas students and recent graduates are acutely aware of rising student debt, and

Whereas consolidation of debts through the direct loan program has been an excellent option for students, and

Whereas students with private loans deserve the same loan consolidation option under the same terms as the direct loan program would offer, and


Whereas there is legislation proposed that will expand the Pell Grant Program to more students,

Welfare Reform

Whereas welfare reform is a statewide and national issue, and

Whereas welfare reform measures, including changes in Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) will affect whether or not many community college students can continue to attend college, and

Whereas changes in welfare provisions may affect full-time equivalent student enrollment in community colleges, especially in vocational programs;

Student Fee Freeze

Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend to CPEC that it include in its recommendations on student fee policy, a call for a freeze on student fee increases pending a study of the effects of fee increases on equitable access to community colleges.

Fee Increases

Whereas Governor Wilson is proposing another increase in fees from $13 to $20 per unit, and

Whereas California Community Colleges serve as an entry point to higher education and vocational training for all economic levels, and

Whereas California Community Colleges have experienced a significant decline in enrollment as a result of the increase in fees during the past three years, and

Whereas an additional increase in fees could further restrict student access to California Community Colleges,

Accountability Model

Whereas, as a result of AB 1725, accountability reporting is a requirement of the Ed Code and Title 5, and

Whereas a model for accountability has been developed by the Chancellor's Office, and

Whereas faculty input in accountability is crucial to ensure the quality of education,


Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to review current information on, and models of, accountability and to develop a position statement with criteria for accountability policies and provide examples which meet the criteria.

Accountability and Outcome Measures: Chancellor's Hour

Whereas AB 938 has been signed by the Governor which authorizes an MIS reporting process between local colleges and the Chancellor's Office, and

Whereas the Chancellor's Office is seeking to shift its role of responsibility for ensuring regulatory mandates to a role of responsibility for accountability/outcome measures, and

Whereas these accountability/outcome measures would imply a shift from state to local control, and

Refund of Fees

Whereas the recent increase in student fees has produced a shift in student drop patterns, and

Whereas this shift has been in the direction of dropping early in terms when a full refund is available, and

Whereas the first week or two, especially for unconfident or otherwise at risk students, is an insufficient amount of time for conclusive feedback such that students could determine their viability for courses,

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