Spring

Support AB 2093 (Santiago, as of March 6, 2024) to Extend College Promise to California Community College Baccalaureate Degree Students

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long maintained a fundamental stance in opposition to mandatory student fees [1] and advocated for the lowest possible student fees to maximize student access [2];

Support AB 2586 (Alvarez, as of February 14, 2024): Student Employment

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges [1], the Academic Senate of the California State University [2], the University of California Academic Senate [3], and the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates [4] have advocated in support of undocumented students, particularly students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);

Support ACR 147 (Alvarez as of February 16, 2024): California's First-Generation College Celebration Day

Whereas, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 147 (Alvarez, as of February 16, 2024) [1] calls for the California Legislature to designate November 8, 2024, as "California's First-Generation College Celebration Day" to recognize the significant role of first-generation college students in developing the state's future workforce and to celebrate their achievement; and

Support SB 895 (Roth, as of March 9, 2024) to Establish the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Pilot Program

Whereas, California’s long-standing shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) has worsened in recent years with an increase in the number of RN retirements, increase in the percentage of employed RNs planning to retire or leaving nursing in the next two years, and a decline in RN education program enrollments and graduations, despite an increase in applications [1];

Disciplines List - Art

Whereas, Oral and written testimony given through the consultation process used for the review of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, also known as the Disciplines List, supported the following revision of the art discipline:

Master’s in fine arts, art, or art history

OR

Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in humanities

OR

the equivalent

Disciplines List - Nursing

Whereas, Oral and written testimony given through the consultation process used for the review of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, also known as the Disciplines List, supported the following revision of the nursing discipline:

Master’s in nursing

OR

Bachelor’s in nursing AND Master’s in health education or health science

OR

the equivalent

Disciplines List - Artificial Intelligence

Whereas, Oral and written testimony given through the consultation process used for the review of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, also known as the Disciplines List, supported the following addition of the artificial intelligence discipline:

Master's in artificial intelligence/machine learning, computer science, electrical engineering and computer science, data science, or cognitive science,

OR

the equivalent; and

Affirm Commitment to the Protection of Academic Freedom in the Face of Censorship Around Current Conflict in Palestine and Israel

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, as “the official voice of California community college faculty in academic and professional matters,” [1] released a report [2] on the issue of academic freedom, stating that the definition of academic freedom should be based on the American Association of University Professors’ definition, which advocates against ‘institutional censorship or discipline’ in their extramural speech.” [3];

Adopt the Paper Part-time Faculty: Equity, Rights, and Roles in Governance

Whereas, In Spring 2021, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopted resolution 19.01 S21 Create a Paper on Part-Time Faculty Equity [1], which recognized the need to address the inequitable treatment of part-time faculty in the workplace across the full range of academic and professional matters and the consistent challenges faced by them in California community colleges; and

Supporting Regular and Substantive Interaction as an Academic and Professional Matter to Enhance Student Success and Meet Standards

Whereas, While the California Community Colleges system has transformed in the post-pandemic era with the rise of distance education becoming a significant modality of instruction [1], for some colleges half or more of their courses are offered online, and as the system looks to the future to answer the Chancellor’s call in Vision 2030 to bring “instruction through flexible modalities, like short term and online classes, for all students,” this trend is likely to continue;

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