Academic Senate Involvement in AB 86 Regional Planning Consortia

Resolution Number
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Noncredit, Pre-Transfer, & Continuing Education Committee
Status Report

Noncredit committee made progress through Fall/Spring Plenary breakouts and a Noncredit Curriculum Regional.

Whereas, In 2013 the legislature passed and the governor signed AB 86 (Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, 2013-2014) that amended California Education Code §84830 to create regional consortia to implement a plan to “better serve the educational needs of adults” in areas that include basic skills, ESL, and short-term CTE educational services;

Whereas, AB 86 further requires an evaluation and integration of faculty professional development to achieve greater student achievement; 

Whereas, Curricular design, educational planning, student success, and faculty professional development are all part of the 10+1 academic and professional matters under the purview of local academic senates, as stated in Title 5 §53200; and

Whereas, Faculty-defined rubrics for aligning courses before transfer have already been created and would provide useful tools for integrating courses;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to use established faculty-defined rubrics such as CB21 coding to develop a framework for connections between credit basic skills, noncredit basic skills, and adult education offerings;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that local academic senates actively participate in the regional planning consortia since the work of these consortia, as defined by law, is an academic and professional matter; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor’s Office to remind local governing boards that the Title 5 requirements for collegial consultation with academic senates on academic and professional matters extend to interagency legislative bodies, including joint powers authorities established between community college and K-12 governing boards.