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.
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,
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.
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
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,
Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to make it known that faculty can be held accountable for student outcomes only if other agencies include the Academic Senate in decisions affecting the California Community Colleges.
Whereas AB 2895 would require CPEC "to convene a specific committee to develop comprehensive outcome expectations and measures," and
Whereas faculty are best able to understand what these standards should be,
Resolved that the Academic Senate seek to amend AB 2895 to allow the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges to develop the standards and processes of outcome expectations and measures.
Resolved that the Academic Senate oppose the concept of student fees as the source of funds for state financial aid.
Whereas, Students redirected from UCs and CSUs will not, as proposed, pay community college fees, a situation that will further impact the ability of the California community colleges to provide adequately funded education to its students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with all appropriate agencies and the Legislature to ensure that redirected students pay all appropriate community college fees, unless they qualify for Board of Governors' (BOG) fee waivers.
Whereas, Students redirected from the University of California and California State University will already pay lower fees than they would at the redirecting institution;
Whereas, Waiving fees could increase a tendency to displace traditional community college students in favor of non-paying, redirected students;
Whereas, The state is considering raising fees again to defray some costs of education at community colleges; and
Whereas, Waiving fees for only redirected students violates principles of equity among students;