Reinstatement of Non-substantive Revision Category for the Program and Course Approval Handbook

Whereas, The 7th Edition of the Program and Course Approval Handbook eliminated the category of non-substantive revisions to programs, thus treating any revision, no matter how minor, as a substantive revision;

Whereas, Minor changes to a single course—e.g., title change or unit count—or program may trigger changes to dozens of programs, each program’s re-application consisting of three to five documents, including the following:

Prioritizing System Support for the ECE/EDU Education and Human Development Sector

Whereas, The California Governor’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care: California for All Kids1, released on December 1, 2020, contained sweeping recommendations related to the broad expansion of childcare and expanded learning and the provision of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) services for all of California’s four-year-olds, resulting in significant impacts on early childhood education and education (ECE/EDU) courses and the pivotal role California community college programs hold in recruiting, preparing, graduating, transferring, and supporting over 85% of the ECE

Collaborate with Regional Consortia

Whereas, The California community colleges’ career technical education mission and programs are monitored and supported by seven macro regional consortia whose members are comprised of representatives from every college within each of these regions, and each of these regional consortia exists as a separate entity operating under a separate grant with its own operating bylaws and practices;

Whereas, The California community colleges’ career technical education mission and programs are closely connected to industry and are supported by the sector and regional directors; and

Support for Students Affected by the Military Coup in Myanmar

Whereas, The ongoing military coup in Myanmar has wreaked untold violence and devastation and has caused enormous psychological, emotional, and physical distress for citizens or born nationals of Myanmar, many of whom study within the California Community Colleges system;

Whereas, The military coup has caused personal and economic hardship for these students due to the shutdown of many Myanmar businesses, freezing of bank transactions, looting and destruction of citizens’ homes, and kidnapping, imprisoning, and murder of Myanmar citizens; and

Student Participation in Hiring Processes

Whereas, Student voice is critical to the hiring process, and California Education Code’s equal employment opportunity provision implies support for the participation of students to ensure the community college work force is “continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population by ensuring that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion” (Ed. Code §87100 (a) (3));

Enabling Chosen Name and Pronoun across Campus and all Digital Environments

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has advocated for inclusive college campuses through resolutions, rostrum articles,1 and presentations;

Whereas, A 2019 report by the Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a nationally recognized resource for collecting data on school climate for LGBTQ+ students, revealed that 6 out of 10 LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 4 out of 10 because of their gender expression2;

Ensuring Transparency and Input in Improvements to CCC Apply

Whereas, In 2011-2012, as a means of improving the application process for California’s community colleges, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in conjunction with the CCC Tech Centers, launched CCC Apply in order to establish a common online application;

Whereas, Since its launch, CCC Apply has helped over ten million students apply for admission to one of California’s 116 community colleges, showing that this software has a strong demand and can help prospective students overcome challenges in completing the application process;

Institutionalizing Open Educational Resources

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourages local academic senates to develop mechanisms to encourage faculty to consider open educational resources (OER) when developing or revising courses and to document the use of OER on the course outline of record (Resolution 09.05 SP 19);


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