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Developing an Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Audit Process

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges paper Anti-Racism Education in California Community Colleges: Acknowledging Historical Context and Assessing and Addressing Effective Anti-Racism Practices for Faculty Professional Development recommends that local academic senates “enact culturally responsive curricular redesign within disciplines, courses, and programs and with curriculum committees”;

Update Title 5 Language for Section 55070 Credit Certificates

Whereas, AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) and Title 5 §55522.5 recognize that “Instruction in English as a second language (ESL) is distinct from remediation in English”;

Whereas, Numerous advanced ESL courses satisfy transfer patterns established by the University of California and California State University for elective units or direct fulfillment of general education areas;

Asserting Faculty Primacy in Teaching Modality

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is empowered by Title 5 §53206 with regard to representing local academic senates from California community colleges statewide in the formation of state policies on academic and professional matters;

Whereas, Local academic senates at California community colleges are organizations whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters (Title 5, §53200);

Develop a Rubric for Ethnic Studies Courses and Ethnic Studies Competencies

Whereas, California community colleges are modifying and developing curriculum to address AB 1460 (Weber 2019) in accordance with the California State University definition of ethnic studies and to maximize and frame curriculum for student success through an equity-minded lens in support of the Chancellor’s Vision for Success and Call to Action;

Develop a Set of Resources to Assist in Establishing Ethnic Studies Programs in Alignment with California State University Requirements

Whereas, The passage of AB1460 (Weber 2019), which has driven the California State University to create an Area F in ethnic studies that can be fulfilled with the completion of a lower-level course, will have a significant impact on all 116 California community colleges in that students may fulfill this requirement through transferable courses from ethnic studies disciplines;

Counseling Faculty, Student Success, and Transfer

Whereas, Counseling faculty play an integral role in facilitating student preparation and success by providing appropriate and necessary support programs and services that not only help students find their educational pathways but also stay on their educational pathways, helping to fulfill two of the four pillars of the guided pathways frameworks as referenced in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success 1, which is vital to ensuring that students are able to meet their goals;

Oppose AB 1111 (Berman, 2021) as of April 9, 2021

Whereas, AB 1111 (Berman, 2021) 1 would require that all California community colleges incorporate common course numbers in their catalogs even though the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has previously endorsed, through resolution

Oppose AB 928 (Berman, 2021) as of April 9, 2021

Whereas, AB 928 (Berman, 2021) proposes an Associate Degree for Transfer Intersegmental Implementation Committee, a body of 16 to 24 members including only one faculty representative from the California Community Colleges system, to serve as the primary entity charged with the oversight of the associate degrees for transfer (ADTs):

Support AB 927 (Medina, 2021) as of April 9, 2021

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed Resolution

6.1 F19 Reversal of Position Regarding Baccalaureate Degrees and Removal of Pilot Designation to remove its opposition to the creation of baccalaureate degrees in the California Community Colleges system and to urge the removal of the designation of “pilot” from the baccalaureate degree programs; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed resolution

Aligning Attendance Accounting for Asynchronous Credit Distance Education Courses with Synchronous Credit Distance Education Courses

Whereas, During the last decade the legislature has provided significant support for online and distance education to improve access to California community colleges, and during the COVID-19 pandemic online course offerings at California community colleges have increased exponentially in both asynchronous and synchronous modalities to support remote student learning while the global public health crisis excludes or limits face-to-face teaching;

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