Whereas, The Resolution, 10.03 S05 recognized the "vital function that noncredit programs and courses play within the mission of the California Community Colleges", and the California Community College Strategic plan Goal B1 Basic Skills: is to ensure that basic skills development is a major focus of California's community colleges, and states that "best practices in classrooms and labs, and descriptions of effective learning environments will be collected and disseminated widely to inform and assist both credit and noncredit programs";
Whereas, Recent statistics show the California high school drop out rate is 29%, and as high as 60% in urban areas, and even students who do graduate from high school are increasingly not "college ready" and in need of basic skills;
Whereas, Over the last seven years noncredit basic skills has nearly quadrupled in importance for California community college credit students, and about one-half of all the noncredit study by credit students is in noncredit basic skills; and
Whereas, Noncredit basic skills courses support noncredit students, who are not yet college ready, to transition into college level work as well as increase their employability, and noncredit basic skills courses support credit students with courses that lead to their success in college credit programs;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges collect information from the field about successful practices (such as the nominees for the 2006/07 Exemplary Noncredit Programs Award) within existing noncredit basic skills programs which include adult High School Diploma programs, and disseminate this information in a paper, and/or present some of these practices at a future plenary session. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
BSI has done so.