Noncredit Name Change

Fall
2006
Resolution Number: 
13.07
Assigned to : 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The use of the name "noncredit" for community college adult education was originally chosen to distinguish it from credit instruction as an alternative educational delivery system in the community colleges, as well as distinguish it from adult education in the K-12 educational system;

Whereas, The term "noncredit" only describes one aspect of noncredit instruction, namely that no credit is given for such courses, and does not represent the wide spectrum of noncredit programs and services that support student success;

Whereas, The term "noncredit" is considered pejorative by many, as it identifies a whole educational system by something that it is NOT, and not by what it IS; and

Whereas, Participants in the Noncredit Alignment Project agreed that a name change for noncredit instruction is needed;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research this issue with a survey, or another appropriate method, as soon as possible, and ensure that noncredit faculty, program coordinators, and others involved in noncredit instruction are consulted in the proposed selection of a new title for noncredit; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges report its findings to the appropriate bodies such as the System Office, Consultation Council, and Board of Governors, and work with the System Office to pursue a Title 5 name change for noncredit instruction. MSR Disposition: Revise resolution and bring back in Spring 2007

Summary: 
Research this issue with a survey, or another appropriate method, as soon as possible, and ensure that noncredit faculty, program coordinators, and others involved in noncredit instruction are consulted in the proposed selection of a new title for noncredit; and report its findings to the appropriate bodies.
Status Report: 

Revised and sent back to the author.