Whereas, The noncredit apportionment rate will be increased in 2006-2007 for courses that meet the SB 361 (2006) criteria for "career development and college preparation" and are intended to support noncredit programs and instruction, and these noncredit funding augmentations are new, ongoing general fund monies that Districts receive from the state;
Whereas, The Academic Senate proposed Fall 2006 paper The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges" states in recommendation #8: "Local senates should work through the local planning and budget processes to ensure augmentations in noncredit funding are used to expand support for noncredit programs and instruction at their colleges and Districts";
Whereas, The System Office 2005-06 Noncredit Alignment Project recommends that colleges dedicate an appropriate commitment of resources to build capacity for noncredit and to align and improve noncredit instruction; and
Whereas, Investment of resources into noncredit course offerings, will increase the quality of noncredit and the ability of these programs to meet the needs of both credit and noncredit students, through noncredit courses that support credit students, articulation and linkages between credit and noncredit programs to support transitions of noncredit students to higher education and employment, and student needs for lifelong learning;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affirm that community college noncredit instruction, programs, and services have a critical need for an appropriate commitment of noncredit funding augmentation resources to be used to support noncredit directly. MSC Disposition: Consultation Council, Local Senates, System Office
Senate representatives continue to advocate in Consultation and at Board of Governors.