On November 4, the 4Cs Delegate Assembly held its first meeting since the CSCU Restructuring proposal was presented at the October 19th BOR meeting. The Delegate Assembly voted to oppose the Students First plan as proposed. Concerns were voiced by the elected representatives from our twelve community college campuses; all of the concerns centered around the fact that while the plan may be named “Students First,” in reality, it does not appear to put students first. The plan seems to add layers of bureaucracy, potentially moves services further from students, limits local faculty curriculum oversight, and contains components of failed “no student left behind” concepts. Further, we need to preserve the “community” – the unique identities and local autonomy of our colleges.
The 4Cs is working on a more comprehensive statement that will be submitted to the BOR. If you would like to submit a comment that you think should be included in our statement, please send it to Ellen@the4cs.org.
In the meantime, we urge all of our members to attend the “Students First” presentation by President Mark Ojakian on Tuesday at noon; President Ojakian will be presenting from Capital Community College, and it will be webcast simultaneously to all campuses. If you plan to travel to Capital Community College, and we urge you to do so if possible, please let us know.
Together We Rise, in Solidarity!