Oppose the Legislation of Curriculum without Inclusion of Academic Senate Participation

Fall
2020
Resolution Number: 
06.01
Category: 
State and Legislative Issues

Whereas, Curriculum, especially curriculum that leads to the expansion of required courses and units, should be driven by faculty to meet the educational needs of the community it serves with consideration of transfer opportunities and the capacity to hire faculty in disciplines that could be required due to the legislation;

Whereas, Title 5, Division 6 of the California Code of Regulations, established by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and including curricular requirements for the California Community Colleges, has the strength of law;

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Board of Governors Standing Orders Section 332 requires that “the advice and judgment of the Academic Senate will be primarily relied upon whenever the policy involves an academic and professional matter”; and

Whereas, Efforts to write California community colleges’ curriculum into legislation have the potential to supersede collegial consultation and the primacy of academic senates in curriculum recommendations;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that curricular requirements for the California Community Colleges system should reside in Title 5, Division 6 of the California Code of Regulations and not in California Education Code; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose legislation that establishes curriculum for the California community colleges but that

does not include the ASCCC in curriculum and educational program development as specified in Title 5 53200(c).

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