Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) released the Vision for Success in 2017 with aspirational goals for system-wide improvement in key metrics, such as increasing by at least 20% the number of California Community Colleges students annually who complete, increasing by 35% the number of students who transfer annually to a California State University/University of California over the next five years, and closing all equity gaps within ten years;
Whereas, The Vision for Successstates, “the Chancellor’s Office plans to use the Guided Pathways initiative as an organizing framework to align and guide all initiatives aimed at improving student success” and student equity, and all 114 community colleges are currently participating in the California Guided Pathways Award Program and receiving a portion of the $150 million dollars in funding allocated for 2017-2022;
Whereas, The allocation formula and implementation timeline for the California Guided Pathways Award Program place the majority of the funding in the first three years, and the resource allocation for each college drops significantly in the fourth and fifth years,meaning colleges will see resources fade rapidly in the years when the most productive and sustainable design and innovation work will happen; and
Whereas, The process of designing and implementing a guided pathways framework at a college is a vast and comprehensive undertaking, and the CCCCO has indicated in the “California Community Colleges Guided Pathways (CCC GP) Action Plan, Implementation Timeline, and Allocation Summary” that “full scale adoption is not expected for every college on every element within the five-year time frame” ;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges engage with stakeholders and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in a dialogue regarding sustainable funding to support inquiry, design, and implementation of guided pathways frameworks across California’s community colleges to ensure collegesmake progress toward achieving the goals of the Vision for Success.