Defining the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees

Spring
2008
Resolution Number: 
09.06
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Category: 
Curriculum
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Academic Senate paper What is the Meaning of a California Community College Degree highlighted the fact that the inconsistent application of AA and AS to our associate degrees across colleges fails to convey a clear idea to students and to the public about the value of an associate degree;

Whereas, A survey by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Associate Degree Task Force, in response to this paper, found strong support for the standardization of these terms;

Whereas, Resolution 9.01 S07 called on the Academic Senate to support and establish statewide definitions for the types of associate degrees offered by California community colleges; and

Whereas, The Associate Degree Task Force was asked to develop a proposal for a possible Title 5 change to bring back to the body for discussion and consideration;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support defining the Associate of Science degree in Title 5 regulation as an associate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or in the area of career technical education (CTE), with all other associate degrees given the title of Associate of Arts. MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee to educate and allow consideration by local senates. Bring back resolution to the Fall 2008 Plenary Session.

Summary: 
Support defining the Associate of Science degree in Title 5 regulation as an associate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or in the area of career technical education (CTE), with all other associate degrees given the title of Associate of Arts.
Status Report: 

Referred to the Executive Committee to educate and allow consideration by local senates. Bring back resolution to the Fall 2008 Plenary Session. The Executive Committee determined that the original is redundant because of recommendations in the adopted technology papers.