Call for Formation of a Joint CCC-CSU SB 1440 (Padilla) Implementation Task Force on Transfer AA Degrees


RESOLVED: That as SB 1440 (Padilla) is likely to become law, the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) pursue the establishment of a joint California Community Colleges (CCC)-California State University (CSU) task force with CCC and CSU administrative support to provide guidance and coordination of the academic activities and policies of the two systems towards implementation of this transfer degree legislation; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU pursue a task force structure such  that a majority of the membership of the joint CCC-CSU transfer degree task force consist of faculty, preferably in equal numbers, selected by the ASCSU and the CCC Academic Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the joint CCC-CSU transfer degree task force be requested to assign a high priority to recommending resolution of issues of clarity and intent regarding the enabling language of the legislation; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Academic Senate of the CCC, Administration and Chancellor of the CCC; Executive Vice Chancellor  and Chancellor of the CSU, Senator Padilla and co-authors of SB 1440.

RATIONALE: While the ASCSU finds the initial drafting of SB 1440 without the input of faculties of the CCC, CSU, and UC to be regrettable, SB 1440 has been passed by both the California State Senate and Assembly and is awaiting review by the Governor.  On the premise that this legislation will become law, the California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) need to coordinate their activities to ensure a smooth process for students participating in subject-based transfer degrees.  This is an opportunity for the two systems to build on the experiences learned from past cooperative, discipline-based transfer activities such as IMPAC, CAN, LDTP and C-ID.

The Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) recognizes that for this project to achieve a high level of success, existing cooperative efforts between the CSU and the CCC need to be expanded.  The creation of a joint CCC-CSU task force to address implementation questions raised by each system and to coordinate CCC-CSU discipline specific design is critical for a smooth implementation.  The ASCSU recognizes the important role that faculty from both systems can have in this process by requesting that a majority of membership of the joint task force be faculty and that the number of faculty positions be shared equally by each system.  Without appropriate early oversight there are risks of academic policy being set by the constraints of administrative decisions in such areas as IT.

This resolution follows a sequence of prior ASCSU resolutions regarding SB 1440:

  • AS-2959-10/AA/APEP/FGA - A Detailed Response to SB 1440 (Padilla), 'Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act'
  •  AS-2958-10/APEP/AA/FGA - Appropriate Preparation in Facilitating Efficient Transfer: In Response to SB 1440 (Padilla) and AB 2302 (Fong), and
  • AS-2952-10/FGA - Importance of CSU Faculty Consultation in Development of Legislation Related to Curricular Matters.

Approved Unanimously - September 15-16, 2010

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