Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed two resolutions in the Fall 2007 about Concurrent Enrollment (4.01 and 4.02) calling for local and statewide discussions about expanding the opportunities for secondary students to be concurrently enrolled in college courses;
Whereas, There are legislative policy discussions underway to permit more opportunities for concurrent enrollment; and
Whereas, Faculty have raised various concerns such as the need to maintain a college climate in each classroom, to ensure that academic freedom is not compromised with the enrollment of more secondary students, and to ensure colleges have policies in place about minors on campus;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the System Office and legislators to ensure that any legislation regarding concurrent enrollment is consistent with the recommendations in the Academic Senate's Fall 2006 paper, "Minors on Campus", specifically recognizing the recommendations that 1) minor students are entering an adult environment; 2) curriculum and college processes will not be changed to accommodate minor students, for example in areas of course content and academic freedom; 3) local board policies agreed to through collegial consultation with the academic senate may limit the number of secondary students college-wide and in an individual class; and 4) faculty should be informed prior to enrollment of minors in their classes and retain the right to deny enrollment on educational grounds;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to work with their administrations and governing boards to adopt policies and procedures supporting these recommendations; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assist local faculty by providing examples of effective practices for developing and implementing local policies that are compatible with the recommendations provided by the Senate's "Minors on Campus" paper. MSC Disposition: System Office, Local Senates
A Consultation task group worked on new two-year bill where we can have influence; strategies to assist senates will be pursued. Continue to monitor and make recommendations via Consultation.