PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Applauds Community College Board of Governors Action on Accreditation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community College Board of Governors unanimously voted today to formally adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Accreditation. The Task Force released a report in late August citing a lack of confidence in the system’s current accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and calling for an exploration of alternative accreditation options. The Board of Governors resolution includes a recommendation for action to establish a new model for an accrediting agency and develop an implementation plan.

The California Community College Board of Governors joins FACCC, the California Community College Trustees Board, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, the Academic Senate of the California Community College, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Community College Independents, and nearly 200 other stakeholders in endorsing the Task Force findings.

“This vote allows our system to embrace a stronger and smarter accreditation process,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. FACCC expresses its appreciation to the Board of Governors for taking action on this critical issue and looks forward to the implementation of the report.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Marcy Moore With Outstanding Faculty Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce Marcy Moore as the recipient of the Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year award. This award is presented to an outstanding part-time faculty member whose leadership at the campus and district level benefits the profession.

Moore recently retired after 41 years as a Sociology instructor at Santa Barbara City College. During her time with the college she served as part-time representative for the local union, was elected adjunct faculty senator for the Academic Senate, and was instrumental in the formation of the Adjunct Faculty Alliance. FACCC congratulates Moore on this tremendous accolade from her fellow faculty members.

“I can think of no one more deserving than Marcy,” said Cornelia Alsheimer, Santa Barbara City College Instructors’ Association President. “She started fighting for part time faculty rights on our Santa Barbara campus three decades ago—and has yet to stop. This has never been easy, but she never backed down or gave up. Marcy is truly a role model for all of us.”

The award will be presented at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Moore was nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Signs FACCC-Sponsored Accreditation Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Edmund G “Jerry” Brown, Jr. has signed FACCC-sponsored AB 404 (Chiu). AB 404 improves the communication between the California Community Colleges and the federal government on the evaluation and recognition process of regional accrediting agencies.

“FACCC applauds Assemblymember Chiu for his efforts to strengthen our colleges. AB 404 will provide the U.S. Department of Education with an honest appraisal of how the regional accreditor for California Community Colleges is complying with federal standards,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. “This will be critical as we move forward with the recent recommendations of the Accreditation Task Force. We thank Governor Brown for signing this important legislation into law.”

The California Community College (CCC) system is currently accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Chancellor’s Task Force on Accreditation released a report on August 28 recommending that the CCC Board of Governors explore options for an alternative accreditor.

PRESS RELEASE: Legislature Unanimously Approves FACCC-Sponsored Accreditation Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Legislature unanimously passed FACCC-sponsored AB 404 (Chiu), which improves the communication between the California Community Colleges and the federal government on the evaluation and recognition process of regional accrediting agencies. AB 404 will now be submitted to the Governor for signature.

“FACCC applauds Assemblymember Chiu for his efforts to strengthen our colleges. AB 404 will provide the U.S. Department of Education with an honest appraisal of how the regional accreditor for California Community Colleges is complying with federal standards,” said Jonathan Lightman, FACCC Executive Director. “This will be critical as we move forward with the recent recommendations of the Accreditation Task Force. We urge Governor Brown to sign this important legislation into law.”

The California Community College (CCC) system is currently accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Chancellor’s Task Force on Accreditation released a report on August 28 recommending that the CCC Board of Governors explore options for an alternative accreditor.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on Accreditation Task Force Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement in response to the Chancellor’s Office releasing the findings of the Task Force on Accreditation:

“A thorough review of the accreditation process, and the accrediting agency, for California Community Colleges is long overdue. FACCC applauds the Task Force on Accreditation in their efforts to ensure continued quality and equity at all 113 of our colleges. This report highlights a number of concerning issues presented by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and we look forward to working closely with the Chancellor’s Office to implement some of the recommended solutions in the coming months.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – FACCC released the following statement on the Governor’s signing of the 2015-16 Budget Act:

“FACCC is grateful to both the Legislature and the Governor for their substantial support of community colleges in the Budget Act. The $267 million apportionment increase above growth and COLA will help our institutions recover from the devastating effects of the recession and increase opportunities for students. Moreover, the $62.3 million allocation for full-time faculty hiring recognizes the role of full-time faculty in student success. FACCC is also pleased to see the restoration of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) budget, and will work for similar restorations moving forward for part-time faculty support, CalWORKs, professional development, and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.”

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget Revise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has issued the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget today:

“FACCC is extremely pleased that the Governor has acknowledged the direct connection between full-time faculty and student success, as recognized by the $75 million proposal for increased full-time hiring. Those funds, combined with the additional $141.7 million for increased operating expenses, will have a direct impact for students across California.” said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman, “Still, more needs to be done at the state level to ensure that our talented corps of 40,000 part-time faculty professionals are supported through office hours, pay equity, and health benefits. The state must also ensure that vital student success and equity programs, like Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), are fully funded. FACCC looks forward to working with the Governor and Legislature on these issues as the budget process concludes.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: FACCC Available for Comment on May Revise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leaders of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, a principal voice on community college issues, will be available for comment following the release of Governor Brown’s revised budget on Thursday, May 14.

California’s 112 Community Colleges, which serve 2.1 million students, are expected to receive a considerable increase in funding following years of budget cuts.

Staff can be reached by phone at (916) 447-8555 or via email at info@faccc.org. Please contact Austin Webster to arrange an in-person interview.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Sponsored Bill Increasing Full-Time Faculty, Part-Time Funding Passes Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tuesday, the Assembly Higher Education Committee voted 11-2 to pass legislation, sponsored by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, in support of community college faculty and students.

Assembly Bill 626 by Assemblymember Evan Low increases the ratio of full- to part-time faculty and provides more resources for part-time faculty instruction in credit hour courses. In addition, AB 626 encourages the Community College Chancellor’s Office to collaborate with the State Academic Senate to establish full-time staffing goals for non-credit course offerings at local colleges.

“AB 626 refocuses the Legislature’s attention on the need to increase the percentage of community college courses taught by full-time faculty and support for par-time faculty in those areas which contribute to student success.” said FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman. “Just as we ask our students to give a full-time effort, we must provide them with full-time faculty to help them succeed.”

The Education Code was amended in 1988 to reflect the Legislature’s recognition of the longstanding policy that “at least 75 percent of the hours of credit instruction in the California Community Colleges, as a system, should be taught by full-time instructors.” In 2013 and 2014, only 56.14 percent of credit courses were taught by full-time faculty. AB 626 modernizes these sections of the code and provides a new trigger for when community college districts are required to advance their ratio of full- to part-time instructors.

“While today we enjoy stabilized budgets and a strong fiscal outlook, the lack of full-time faculty on campus is an issue that has yet to be resolved. Whether it’s through mentorship or holding office hours after class, full-time instructors serve an important role in student growth, success and achievement. I am proud to work with FACCC on a bill that will move us forward to sustainability in faculty staffing.” remarked Assemblymember Evan Low, who is himself a former faculty member.

AB 626 will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee in May.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Statement on the Closure of Corinthian College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on the closing of Corinthian Colleges:

Californians are in shock over what happened to the now-former students of the Corinthian colleges and related affiliates. Through no fault of their own, these students were abruptly kicked to the curb, victims of alleged predatory business practices of a profit-motivated institution.

We applaud the work of the California Community Colleges in their assistance of these students and call upon state and federal regulatory agencies to increase their oversight of proprietary schools. This situation demonstrates that the lack of accountability in the for-profit college industry endangers the public, and steps must be taken to ensure it never happens again.”