ERIC Number: ED421200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Program Discontinuance: A Faculty Perspective. Adopted Spring 1998.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Developed by the Academic Senate Educational Policies Committee, this document focuses on program discontinuance issues faced by local academic senates. Addressed foremost is the need to identify key factors for developing a fair, equitable, and faculty-driven program discontinuance process. Although college districts are required by current regulations and statutes to develop a process for program discontinuance and minimum criteria for the discontinuance of occupational programs, most districts do not have a process agreed upon by the local academic senate and the board. Rather, programs have been terminated using singular approaches that have been inconsistent. Because of the lack of agreed-upon processes, the Academic Senate has passed two resolutions, S94 8.5 and S96 9.0, both of which are described. The current regulation and statute also are discussed, as are the roles of local academic senates, effects on students, the need to balance the college curriculum, educational and budget planning issues, collective bargaining concerns, and considerations when developing a local model. The conclusion contains a set of recommendations to local senates on key factors required for effective participation in the program discontinuance process and suggestions for regulation changes. (AS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California