Opposition to the Accelerated Learning College (ALC) proposal

Fall
2009
Resolution Number
13.03
 
Contact
Patty Dilko
Assigned to
President
Category
General Concerns
Status
Completed
Status Report

The ALC proposal was defeated. However, Senate representatives will continue to oppose principles noted in the ALC proposal in future conversations.

Whereas, The document “The Accelerated Learning College: A Proposal for California Community Colleges,” dated April 16, 2009, is a proposal by several California community college presidents that seeks “relief from legislative and regulatory requirements” and outlines changes that are inconsistent with established Academic Senate positions in the functioning of a select group of pilot colleges;

Whereas, The ALC proposal suggests a pilot project of “charter” colleges that explores untested approaches to education that are likely to decrease access and may or may not increase student success;

Whereas, The ALC would permit pilot colleges to be exempt from the 50% law, employ a funding model that rewards a college for course completion with a substandard grade, be exempt from existing limits on part-time teaching loads, and seek relief from existing minimum qualification requirements for the hiring of faculty; and

Whereas, Efforts are currently underway to garner support from faculty groups, and a group of college presidents is seeking an author to carry legislation to support the ALC proposal;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose efforts to implement the Accelerated Learning College (ALC) proposal; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to oppose any efforts to locally implement the ALC proposal.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates