Opposition to Mandating Completion of High School at Community Colleges

Spring
2009
Resolution Number: 
15.01
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Intersegmental Issues
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, There has been discussion suggesting that all high school seniors across the state should be permitted or encouraged to take all coursework required for their entire senior year at a community college so that their senior year of high school would also be their freshman year at college, a practice that has occurred in some states;

Whereas, This increased enrollment of high school seniors would negatively impact community college enrollment by limiting access for other students that would normally attend community college, and colleges are already stretched beyond their limits;

Whereas, Middle College and College Advantage programs, as well as concurrent enrollment, already provide proven and successful methods for selected high school students to complete part or all of their high school studies at community colleges while also earning college credit; and

Whereas, The completion of the high school senior year at the community college by all high school students would intrude on the local high school's purpose and function and would shift the mission of community colleges as established in the Master Plan for Higher Education, Education Code, and Title 5 Regulations;

Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose any attempt to mandate that high school students complete their entire senior year at community colleges.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Summary: 
Oppose any attempt to mandate that high school students complete their entire senior year at community colleges.
Status Report: 

The issue is no longer a high-priority for the state due to budget constraints.