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The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is the leader in providing professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators in the California community colleges. Through our plenary sessions, institutes and academies we provide timely information to the field on academic and professional matters. Check out all of the upcoming events by clicking here or accessing the link below:
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)’s mission is to reduce the cost of educational resources for students by expanding the availability and adoption of high quality Open Educational Resources (OER). “OER” refers to teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use and includes course modules, lectures, homework assignments, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world (as defined by OER Commons). OER most often refers to open access textbooks and ancillary materials that are available at little or no cost to students. The OERI facilitates and coordinates the curation and development of OER texts, ancillaries, and support systems. In addition, the OERI supports local OER implementation efforts through the provision of professional development, technical support, and technical resources. To access the ASCCC OERI page click here or visit the link: https://asccc-oeri.org/
ASCCC Online Handbook for Guided Pathways
Established by Resolution SP18 13.02 (Links to an external site.), the electronic “handbook” provides a collaborative space for faculty to find and share resources that promote inquiry related to the design and implementation of their college’s guided pathways framework while staying focused on the governance purview of faculty and the academic senate. Specifically created for the California community colleges and with an emphasis on the faculty perspective, this site is a dynamic, ever-changing source of information with additional resources and tools added frequently. To access the ASCCC Guided Pathways Handbook click here or visit the link: https://ccconlineed.instructure.com/courses/2634
Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)
C-ID is a supranumbering system developed to ease the transfer and articulation burdens in California’s higher educational institutions. To learn more about C-ID, please visit our C-ID website: c-id.net
COVID-19 Guidance and Executive Orders
To access the complete list of signed Executive Orders from the Chancellor’s Office, visit the Chancellor’s Office website here or linked below:
Minimum Qualifications Handbook
Access the most recent Minimum Qualifications Handbook here or link below:
https://asccc.org/sites/default/files/Minimum_Qualifications2018.pdf. For information on the disciplines list process, visit the ASCCC webpage here or linked below: https://asccc.org/disciplines-list
Programs and Courses Handbook – 7th Edition
PCAH 7th Edition is now available! Click the link here or below:
The Academic Senate has received many questions regarding the Brown Act and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20. The following guidance is below:
California legislative bodies that follow the Brown Act or the Bagley-Keene Act currently have more flexibility to meet remotely because of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, which became available on March 17, 2020. For those who already adhere to the Brown Act, the best advice is to closely review the executive order itself to see what’s permissible. Here are the highlights of N-29-20:
The order reads that “All requirements in both the Bagley-Keene Act and the Brown Act expressly or impliedly requiring the physical presence of members, the clerk, or other personnel of the body, or of the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting are hereby waived.” The order emphasizes that the legislative body must, each time it gives notices of meetings, advertise the means by which the public may comment and the procedure the legislative body will use to address “requests for reasonable modification or accommodation from individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and resolving any doubt whatsoever in favor of accessibility.”
Specifically, by suspending certain requirements of the Brown and Bagley-Keene Acts, N-29-20 allows the following:
- Legislative bodies may meet remotely using teleconference technology without providing a physical location or requiring any member or personnel be present at a physical location accessible to the public.
- The agenda does not need to state the teleconference location from which each member will participate.
- Members of the legislative body do not need to allow members of the public to join them at their physical location in order to comment. Instead, agendas and notices should state the means by which the public may participate.
- Agendas do not need to be posted at every teleconference location, as they normally would be under Brown or Bagley-Keene.
- The legislative body can meet remotely even if a quorum or more of its members are joining remotely from beyond the boundaries of the legislative body’s jurisdiction.
Where posting of agendas is concerned, the executive order states that legislative bodies are still responsible for adhering to the same “timeframes” and “means otherwise prescribed by the Bagley-Keene Act or the Brown Act” but that each notice must also give information about how members of the public may observe and comment and about how the legislative body will resolve requests for accommodations and accessible materials. The executive order allows that if agendas have already been posted and now need to be updated to reflect a change in how the public may participate, the legislative body may alert the public via “the most rapid means of communication available at the time,” which the order clarifies includes, but is not limited to “posting such means on the body’s internet site.” In other words, if you have already posted an agenda that does not indicate how the public may observe or comment remotely, you may post an updated agenda including this information on your academic senate’s website.
The executive order urges legislative bodies “to use sound discretion and make reasonable efforts to adhere as closely as reasonably possible to the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act and the Brown Act.” It may not be sound nor advisable to travel to a site to post a physical agenda, but legislative bodies should make all efforts to ensure that their meetings are publically noticed in accordance with Government Code section 54954.2. We would encourage local senate presidents to seek the advice of their district regarding this requirement, but the executive order does provide flexibility and allows for the context of the local emergency to dictate the actions of the local senate in compliance. Additionally, California residents are now under a shelter-in-place order, per Executive Order N-33-20, which in most cases will make posting a physical copy of the agenda at the college campus impossible. Please note that Executive Order N-29-20 is even more permissive than N-25-20, which it supersedes.