Whereas, Title 5 §53415 includes a note that allows colleges to hire supplemental learning assistance and tutoring center coordinators who do not meet minimum qualifications if the colleges do not collect apportionment for the instruction that occurs in supplemental learning labs and tutoring centers (§53415 Minimum qualifications do not apply to tutoring or learning assistance for which no apportionment is claimed);
Whereas, Supplemental learning assistance and tutoring center instructors/coordinators provide critical instruction, supervision, and training to both tutors and students within the supplemental learning assistance labs and tutoring centers, and the learning that occurs in these environments is no less significant in terms of the rigor and quality needed to ensure student success;
Whereas, During these fiscal times where enrollment is impacted statewide, colleges typically do not collect this apportionment so these faculty do not have to meet minimum qualifications; and
Whereas, Title 5 §53403 provides that “a governing board … may continue to employ a person to teach in a discipline” after a change to the minimum qualifications, so changes to the qualifications for supplemental learning assistance and tutoring center coordinators would not affect existing employees;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to eliminate the provision in Title 5 that allows colleges to hire faculty as supplemental learning assistance and tutoring center coordinators when those faculty do not meet minimum qualifications for those positions.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Chancellor’s Office
This resolution has been discussed with the ACTLA Board president and with the Chancellor's Office. Removing that specific language from Title 5 will not change what colleges are now able to do. The recommendation is that ACTLA and learning assistance faculty take the lead in proposing a revision to the MQs, including the removal of the language in question, rather than going through a Title 5 change.