Support for Distance Learning Coordinators

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General Concerns

Whereas, Distance Learning is recognized as a valid instructional modality in Title 5 Regulations, and increasing numbers of courses are offered in this manner by community colleges statewide both to meet the needs of students and to respond to identified administrative concerns about facilities, budget, or scheduling; Whereas, The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently released a paper (The Master Plan at 50: Using Distance Education to Increase College Access and Efficiency) proposing the widespread use of distance education to alleviate perceived problems with access to community colleges; Whereas, Distance Learning courses are subject to legislative and reporting requirements, many of which include matters of compliance that could affect college apportionment or accreditation status; and Whereas, Compliance with these legislative and reporting requirements place a large burden on distance learning coordinators when they are not provided adequate administrative and classified staff support; Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to work with their college administrations in developing policies, procedures, and methods to provide adequate support for distance learning coordinators to ensure academic integrity and compliance with all relevant regulations and external mandates. MSC Disposition: Local Senates