Instructors up in arms about state degree deadline

Rebekka Wiedenmeyer

Staff Writer

In an Academic Senate meeting held on Dec. 12, the Senate discussed options as to if and how Las Positas College will be offering the new AA-T and AS-T transfer degrees.

On Jan. 31, LPC will be required to present an outline to the state as to how it will be dealing with these transfer degrees. As of now, no option has been definitively agreed upon.

“We are in the infancy of this structure,” Sarah Thompson, Academic Senate president, said.

There were three options discussed by the Senate at the meeting: creating a total of 12 transfer degrees, presenting a comprehensive plan of which courses will have the transfer degrees or making the transfer degrees for all courses.

“It will create an incredible flurry of work,” Thompson said, referring to the creation of new degrees. “Students don’t necessarily benefit from having absolutely crazy faculty.”

At the meeting, the Senate wavered between the options of creating a total of 12 degrees and presenting a comprehensive plan of which courses will have the transfer degrees. Currently, only math, sociology and ECD (Early Childhood Development) have these transfer degrees, and while no final decision was made at the Senate meeting, discussion was held about the level of difficulty that will be reached if any new degrees are created.

“The state’s not making it easy,” Thompson said. “They’re requiring us to do it, but they’re not facilitating the process.”

Lack of facilitation by the state is not the only issue. Classes will have to be added if transfer degrees are added, and in a time when classes are being added and cut simultaneously, tension is created.

“In English, we are being asked to cut,” Elena Cole, Senate vice president and English instructor, said. “We are pressured immensely to serve students. We are beyond maxed, and if we add this degree, we have to add classes. That is a contradiction that is upsetting. It’s disturbing and unethically really, really bothering. That is a huge pressure, and for us to have to add classes at a time when we can’t even serve basic 1As, this is a problem.”

The Senate has until Jan. 31 to decide which option to choose. In the end, it will come down to what best serves students.

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