Whereas, AB 1786 (Cervantes, as of April 10, 2018), would “require a statewide articulation officer at the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, who would be designated by the chancellor under the bill’s provisions by March 31, 2019, to, using common course descriptors and pertinent recommendations of the American Council on Education, determine, by July 1, 2019, for which courses credit should be awarded for prior military experience”;
Whereas, Articulation officers are, at most colleges, faculty, and the bill as written fails to specify whether the proposed statewide articulation officer would be faculty or how this individual would be hired and evaluated;
Whereas, The creation of a statewide articulation officer who would be determining course credit would be in direct conflict with local academic senate purview over curriculum and could potentially jeopardize articulation agreements for the 2.1 million students currently enrolled in California community colleges; and
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has previously expressed its support for credit for prior military service, including resolution 18.04 S11 and its involvement in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Credit for Prior Learning Workgroup;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose AB 1786 (Cervantes, as of April 10, 2018) and communicate that opposition to the legislature and other constituents as appropriate; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the ongoing efforts of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Credit for Prior Learning Workgroup to determine the most effective way to provide credit for prior military service.
1. AB 1786 (Cervantes, as of April 10, 2018) https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=2…