Whereas, The Legislature has shown an increasing interest in local curriculum issues in such venues as the recent Master Plan hearings and Assembly Higher Education Committee hearings and in public declarations of its intention to fund its own defined state educational priorities;
Whereas, The 2003-04 Budget Act contains language requiring the Board of Governors to accord the highest budgetary priorities to certain specified curriculum areas; and
Whereas, Curriculum is an academic and professional matter, wherein faculty control is vital for successful response to local needs and for transfer of students to campuses of the CSU and UC systems;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support local control of curriculum decisions, within the framework of the colleges' mission statements, as an academic and professional matter; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the efforts to micromanage local curriculum decisions through external pressures such as budget acts or other legislation.