FACCC Statement on the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2016-17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget:

“FACCC is grateful to Governor Brown for his continued support of the California Community College system but disappointed in the lack of funding for such priorities as full-time faculty hiring and support for part-time faculty categoricals. The academic infrastructure must be the top priority in these budget discussions to achieve student success. We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature throughout the budget process to maximize opportunities for our students.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: FACCC Available for Comment on Federal Accreditation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, a principal voice on community college issues, will be available for comment following the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) hearing on December 16.

NACIQI will be reviewing the federal recognition status of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the California Community College system’s current accrediting body. FACCC Executive Director Jonathan Lightman is listed to testify at the hearing.

Please contact Austin Webster for comment or to arrange time with Mr. Lightman after the hearing.

PRESS RELEASE: FACCC Recognizes Lynn Shaw With Outstanding Faculty Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Lynn Shaw as co-recipient of the John Vasconcellos Advocate of the Year award for 2016. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time California Community College faculty member who demonstrates exemplary work in statewide advocacy.

An instructor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College, Shaw was appointed as co-chair of the statewide Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. The recommendations of the Task Force were unanimously approved this November by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and are expected to significantly improve the funding and delivery of Career Technical Education (CTE) in the community colleges. In addition to her role on the Workforce Task Force, Shaw has been a long-time union leader, and active member of the Long Beach City College Academic Senate.

“Lynn has long been a strong advocate for the faculty voice in leadership roles with both the union and the academic senate at Long Beach City College,” said David Morse, President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and faculty member at Long Beach City College. “She has always stood strong in calling attention to the needs of CTE programs and students.  With the Workforce Task Force she had the opportunity to bring her passion and strength to the discussion of CTE at the state level, and the entire system has benefitted from her contributions to the task force.”

The award will be presented to Shaw at FACCC’s upcoming Advocacy & Policy Conference, February 28-29, in Sacramento. Joining Shaw as the second co-recipient is Sharon Hendricks of Los Angeles City College and the CalSTRS Teachers Retirement Board. Both Shaw and Hendricks were nominated by faculty colleagues and selected for the award after consideration of worthy faculty candidates from across the state.

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.”