Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has taken several positions (4.01 S08, 4.01 and 4.02 Fall 07) in support of the expansion of opportunities for high school students to enroll in college classes, known as "concurrent enrollment," and advises that safeguards be in place as summarized in the adopted paper Minors on Campus: Underage Students at Community Colleges (2006);
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports the maintenance of the existing multiple missions of the colleges (occupational, transfer, basic skills, noncredit);
Whereas, Legislation under development (AB 78 and AB 555) proposes that, in addition to the presently allowable courses high school students may take concurrently, they also be allowed to enroll in basic skills classes at the colleges; and
Whereas, California community colleges already have a huge number of adult students requiring basic skills instruction, and opening those classes to include secondary students can have the effect of shifting the balance of curriculum at the colleges;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognize the benefits to students, colleges, and the community of concurrent enrollment but advocate for clearly and appropriately limiting or restricting courses, including basic skills courses, available to secondary students.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The issue is no longer a high-priority for the state due to budget constraints, but the President continues to point out the benefits.