At the time this was passed it was way too early to do anything. There was no data yet. Such a study might be possible now.
Whereas, The recently signed SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) intends to improve the ability of students to transfer from California community colleges to California State Universities (CSU);
Whereas, The impact of this law will potentially affect enrollment patterns and other existing patterns of service and instruction provided to students by California community colleges;
Whereas, While the bill requires research on student transfer and success rates, nothing in SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) requires research into possible unintended or undesirable consequences; and
Whereas, Now is the time to establish a research plan and baseline metrics for research to ensure California community colleges and CSUs continue to meet the needs of all our students and communities;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work collaboratively with the Chancellor’s Office and other system constituents to develop a research plan and current baseline metrics that will comprehensively examine the long-term impact of SB 1440 (Padilla, 2010) on enrollment trends as well as the instructional and service needs of our non-transfer and transfer students.
MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates