Support for Additional Guided Pathways Funding and Extension of Current Funding Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Spring
2021
Resolution Number: 
05.01
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Budget and Finance
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, The California Community Colleges system in 2018 took a systemic approach to institutional redesign through the implementation of a guided pathways framework that was supported by a $150 Million California Community Colleges Guided Pathways Grant Program;

Whereas, California community colleges have locally implemented guided pathways elements such as success teams, program maps, curricular redesign, and holistic student support that require structural and policy augmentation to make available the resources and personnel needed to focus on the whole student, meeting the students "where they are";

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has been integral in supporting guided pathways efforts around the areas of academic and professional matters, including curriculum, professional development, educational programs, program review, and student preparation and success; and

Whereas, The development and implementation of a guided pathways framework was interrupted by COVID 19 campus closures and necessitates systemic change that requires at least ten years for full sustainability, which allows for inquiry, implementation, assessment, and evaluation;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to advocate for continuing funding for colleges to support the guided pathways framework for an additional five years in order to allow colleges to continue to implement the framework and time to plan for long term sustainability; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges continue to take a strong role in supporting local colleges and academic senates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of guided pathways frameworks and advocate for identified funding to continue its leadership role.

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to advocate for a one-year extension due to COVID-19 disruptions to spend Guided Pathways funding in order to

allow colleges to continue to implement the framework and time to plan for long-term sustainability.

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