Whereas, The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report on distance education (October 25, 2010) recommends the creation of a task force comprised of legislative representatives and members of the administration to identify steps that need to be taken to establish a Western Governors University (WGU) California, which would use resources that could be devoted to the higher education system already in place in California;
Whereas, The LAO report recommendation has been included in AB 851 (Nestande, March 14, 2011), which directs the LAO to convene a task force to identify steps needed to establish a WGU California, but there is no provision in the bill for faculty inclusion or participation in the task force;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has previously opposed the accrediting of WGU (2.03 S98) due to its lack of a core of full time instructional faculty; and
Whereas, The WGU continues to operate in a manner which is in opposition to the basic principles of the 10+1, including the idea that the development of courses “is a product management responsibility” (www.wgu.edu/about_WGU/wgu_faculty);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose efforts to establish a Western Governors University in California.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Senate representatives continue to communicate concerns in future conversations at the state level and with constituent groups.