System Policy and the Grant Process

Resolution Number
Ian Walton
Assigned to
Standards and Practices Committee
Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Status Report

Not found feasible. Committee will explore the possibility of a resolution to deal with some of the feasible issues in Res 7.01 (S00).

Whereas the Chancellor's Office develops an increasing amount of work through the grant Request for Applications (RFA) process, and the funds for the RFA process are Proposition 98 dollars, but there is no clear accounting of how much of the system budget is devoted to grants awarded by competitive bids by districts, and

Whereas a significant number of such grant funded projects - especially in the area of technology, such as Telecommunications Model Applications Pilot Projects (TMAPP) and the California Virtual Campus (CVC) - are using grant funds to explore areas that have significant implications for system educational policy, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is not currently involved in giving advice to the Consultation Council on the academic and professional implications of such projects, and

Whereas many such grant projects are awarded to districts with no prior policy discussion at the Consultation Council, thus leading to major policy development through a process that essentially constitutes an "end run" around the consultation process,

Resolved that the Academic Senate formally request an accounting of how much of the system budget is allocated by the Request for Application process and in what grant categories, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate investigate the processes by which such grant categories and amounts are determined, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate work to ensure earlier involvement of the Academic Senate in the system policy implications of such grants, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor's Office to ensure that educational decisions on system policy are made with appropriate consultation with the Academic Senate and recommendations from the Consultation Council prior to the development and implementation of grant-funded model projects or demonstration projects.