Educational Policies Committee has adopted this statement with only minor editorial changes, for the reasons which follow.
Since most students take humanities courses during the first two years of college, the community colleges have a particular responsibility in examining and strengthening the role of the humanities in the curriculum. Guidance is needed for our large number of undecided students "shopping" for courses to take, and a coherent humanities component is needed for our many liberal arts majors.
One of the first difficulties encountered by curriculum committees throughout the state was the establishment of a definition of critical thinking broad enough to encompass college level courses throughout the academic and vocational/technical curriculum, as well as a definition that could apply to both content-based and skill-based courses.
This paper addresses articulation with high schools. It considers the philosophical basis for such articulation, discusses current programs, recommends activities which academic senates can undertake in concert with college administration, considers incentives which institutions can offer their faculty to encourage participation, and discusses activities in which individual faculty may engage. Finally, this paper briefly cites some exemplary programs.
Concern over the quality of education from elementary school through postgraduate levels has provoked much discussion, both nationwide and here in California. The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges believes that quality education can be provided only by an outstanding faculty.
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges unequivocally declares its total commitment to Affirmative Action program in the community colleges. In support of this position, the Academic Senate at its Fall Conference in 1986 passed a resolution that the Educational Policies Committee of the Senate be directed to draft a set of Affirmative Action Guidelines for the use of faculty in the California Community Colleges.
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges has adopted regulations establishing distinct sets of standards for courses which may or may not be applied for credit toward the associate degree. In addition, the Board of Governors is now requiring that noncredit courses be approved through the same local curriculum review and approval process as that required for credit courses. The revised regulations, which will appear as changes in Title 5, Part Vl of the California Administrative Code, include as new section 55002.
If you are a high school student planning to attend a college, the information in this folder is for you. Read it carefully and use it to help plan your high school courses.
With the current review of the Master Plan for Higher Education underway, it seems appropriate to review also the history of the Academic Senate movement in California. The following is a selective list of 60 Senate milestones identified.