Whereas, Prior to the release of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) joint guidance memo for credit English as a second language (ESL) (AA 18-41), the California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSUOC) and University of California Office of the President (UCOP) announced that course approvals for California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) would not be backdated;
Whereas, The CCCCO and ASCCC joint guidance memo for credit English as a second language (AA 18-41) recommends submission of advanced credit ESL courses for fulfillment of the CSU GE Area C2, which, therefore, also applies to the equivalent IGETC Area 3B Humanities requirement; and
Whereas, Fulfillment of CSU GE Area C2 and IGETC Area 3B will not only allow ESL students to reach their degree or transfer achievements sooner but will save an individual student enrolled in credit ESL courses from taking between 6-15 units for competencies that, according to the Guiding Notes for General Education Course Reviewers, can be effectively met through ESL courses, thus fulfilling the intent of AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) to reduce students’ time to completion by reducing extraneous units while meeting CSU GE Area C2 or IGETC Area 3B requirements;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges encourage California State University and the University of California partners to approve fulfillment of CSU GE Area C2 and IGETC Area 3B requirements with advanced ESL courses; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges encourage California State University and University of California partners to allow backdating of the current academic year for CSU GE and IGETC decisions for ESL submissions related to AB 705 (Irwin 2017).