Friday, April 26, 2013

How informed are you?

Do students really know what is going on and how it will effect their education? Are you aware of the changes that are taking place not only within the college and district, but at the state level? As an example there are three bills currently going through the state Assembly and Senate that will affect both community colleges, CSU’s and UC’s, as well as the K-12 system. I’ve listed the bills below with a brief summary provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office legislative division; if you want to read more click here:

AB 955 (Williams) Community College Intersession Programs: AB 955 adds a section to the Education Code to authorize community college districts to offer an extension program for credit courses during summer and winter intersessions.

AB 51 (Logue) Baccalaureate Pilot Program: AB 51 creates a pilot program to become a model of articulation linking K-12 schools, community colleges, and CSU campuses in seven regional areas for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in STEM related fields for $10,000 or less, including the cost of textbooks.

AB 181 (Logue) Public Postsecondary Education: Degree Pilot Program. AB 181 establishes a pilot program to coordinate curriculum to enable students to earn a baccalaureate degree from a participating UC campus within three years of graduating from a secondary school for no more than $20,000, excluding the cost of instructional materials and mandatory campus based fees. The University of California may establish a Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program that includes any campus of the University of California, any campus of the California Community Colleges, and any secondary educational institution that volunteers to participate.

Now the question many should ask is how can we learn more and stay informed and two, “should it be our responsibility or FC’s Associated Student Government to inform us?” Or do students really not care, although I don’t believe this to be the case; rather a lack of information provided to them [you]. What are your thoughts? And what do you feel is the most effective way to inform students?

Until next time!

Joey McIntosh

"Unless there's overwhelming reason to withhold the information, the public's need to know should come first." — Al Tompkins

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