The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has supported the preeminent position of this function throughout its history, as documented by the attached compendium of policies and positions on transfer education. It is important to note, as these resolutions attest, that the transfer function has received careful and constant attention by the faculty of California community colleges. Therefore, from our perspective, it would be more appropriate to approach the subject of transfer education in community colleges within a context of renewed commitment and revitalization of an important function, rather than to perceive it as a problem area that has suffered from neglect and is in need of reform.
At the same time, the Academic Senate would like to make some recommendations which would respond to some of the concerns expressed in this paper. The Academic Senate believes that in order for California community colleges to strengthen their transfer function, the State Legislature must provide: Sufficient funding for the establishment of an information system to facilitate the matriculation process and to provide a data base to study the performance and persistence rate of community college transfer students. Sufficient funding for the implementation of a matriculation process at all community colleges. Sufficient funding for an increased provision of remedial education for students with assessed educational deficiencies. Sufficient funding for adequate compensation of faculty involved in academic advising. Sufficient funding for the increased recruitment of minority students to community colleges. Sufficient funding for adequate staffing of academic support service areas, comparable to funding for these services at the other segments of postsecondary education.