Whereas, Faculty continue to hear from the Chancellor’s Office, the Legislature, industry, and others that California community colleges cannot respond to industry’s curricular needs in a timely manner;
Whereas, Community college interest in and ability to respond to the needs of business and industry vary, as do local curricular processes;
Whereas, California’s community colleges demonstrated their ability to expedite curricular processes as they sought to develop degrees to comply with the implementation of Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla, 2010); and
Whereas, Many colleges could benefit by having knowledge of the variety of effective practices currently being used throughout the state as they respond to industry and business curricular needs in a timely and efficient manner;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the identification of ways to appropriately respond to the curricular needs of business and industry in a timely manner, including the identification of mechanisms to expedite local curricular processes and the use of not-for-credit contract education as a means of immediately implementing curriculum delivery; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore current practices, identify barriers, and promote effective practices in responding to the curricular needs of business and industry and present this information by the Fall 2012 Session.
The Leadership Development Committee addressed this resolution by developing and presenting three breakout sessions at the Joint Spring 2013 CCCAOE Conference/Vocational Leadership Institute. The first, Responding Effectively to Industry: If not us, who?, addressed how community colleges currently respond to curricular requests for business and industry and identified barriers and the perception of barriers in responding effectively to business and industry needs. The second, Getting Savvy About Curriculum Processes, provided some ways that CTE faculty and deans can successfully navigate the curriculum process. And lastly, the breakout entitled Not Just for Transfer: C-ID and CTE described a vision in which businesses and industry could work with groups of colleges regionally and statewide to develop needed curriculum via structures now in place through the C-ID project.