Opposition to Associate Degrees based Solely on IGETC and CSU GE Breadth

Fall
2006
Resolution Number: 
13.02
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Title 5 requires "At least 18 semester or 27 quarter units of study taken in a single discipline or related disciplines" (55806) to provide an area of emphasis for the associate degree, and an associate degree without this area of emphasis devalues the concept of the associate degree;

Whereas, Many in the field have expressed that the associate degree needs to be used to capture numbers, further devaluing the degree;

Whereas, The use of IGETC and/or CSU GE Breadth as the sole basis for the associate degree reduces local control and subjects the associate degree to determination by groups external to the community colleges; and

Whereas, The use of IGETC and/or CSU GE Breadth in fulfillment of local general education requirements together with necessary units in an area of focus is clearly consistent with Title 5 and is not the issue under consideration here;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the use of IGETC and/or CSU GE Breadth as the sole basis for the area of emphasis for the associate degree; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support interpretation of Title 5 that prohibits the use of IGETC and/or CSU GE Breadth as the sole basis for the area of emphasis for the associate degree. MSC Disposition: ICAS, Local Senates, System Office

Status Report: 

Title 5 revisions were approved by Board of Governors.