Whereas, While noncredit instruction has many similarities with credit instruction, there are also some differences;
Whereas, If a college that has noncredit instruction changes to a compressed calendar, some of those differences might translate into a different effect on noncredit students and faculty than for credit students and faculty;
Whereas, Many noncredit classes already meet 2.5 - 4 hours per day; and
Whereas, Full-time noncredit faculty typically have student contact loads of 25-30 hours per week in uncompressed calendars, and would likely be required to meet even more hours per week with students under a compressed calendar;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge that colleges considering calendar compression give special scrutiny to the impact of calendar compression on noncredit programs; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research the effects of calendar compression on noncredit instruction at colleges that have noncredit instruction and compressed calendars, and report the results of this research in a Rostrum article or other appropriate Academic Senate venue. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
No new research was conducted but discussion of the issues, and recommendations, were included in the S09 adopted paper Noncredit Instruction: Opportunity and Challenge.