Whereas, AB 1943 (Nava) on Stand-alone Course Approval, which was recently chaptered into Education Code, will permit local districts to approve credit courses (known as "stand-alone courses") that are not a part of established educational programs;
Whereas, "AB 1943 does not give unfettered freedom to local districts" but rather requires the System Office to develop regulations identifying the processes and conditions for local approval of stand-alone courses;
Whereas, In its white paper "A Proposal to Locate Approval of Stand Alone Courses at the Local Level" (10/25/05), the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum (SACC) proposed various implementation strategies for the transition of approval to local districts including the identification of best practices for local stand-alone course approval; and
Whereas, The implementation of AB 1943 will not occur for a year, allowing time to research and recommend best practices to faculty;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the System Office in the development of implementation strategies for AB 1943; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the System Office to research best practices for the local approval of stand-alone courses and participate in the dissemination of best practices.
MSC Disposition: System Office, Local Senates
SACC has worked with the System Office to develop the training required by legislation. This training emphasizes best practices in curriculum procedures and will be made widely available through in-person, distance, and online modalities.