The Community College Association

Board of Governors Takes Action on ACCJC
The California Community College Board of Governors has voted to endorse the recommendations of the Chancellor’s Task Force to sever ties with the combative Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and begin the search for a new accrediting agency.
Faculty United in Quest to Replace the ACCJC

CCA members kept up the momentum in calling for the replacement of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges during the third stop of a listening tour by commissioners. Wearing “United for Students” tee shirts, faculty turned out in force at the Rancho Santiago Community College District office to confront members of the Accrediting Commission over its coercive tactics and to endorse the recommendations of the Chancellors Task Force on Accreditation. Faculty spoke out about the commission’s lack of collegiality and transparency, unclear and arbitrary decision-making, bullying, and the use of fear that has created distrust on campuses. Read what College of the Sequoias Teachers Association President-elect Paul Tidwell had to say when he traveled to Sacramento, Bakersfield and Santa Ana to greet the commissioners.

Unions File Brief in Friedrichs Case
The National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, together with a number of unions, have filed the union respondents’ brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case backed by corporate special interests who are pushing their own agenda by asking the Court to overrule the sound law of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Read the news release and watch the video to learn more.
Taking Breast Cancer Awareness Personally

This October MiraCosta College instructor Krista Warren made breast cancer awareness very personal when she chose to pose for life drawing students, exposing the physical scars of a woman who has undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Read her story in Issues and Action.

CHI-LBCC Joins LA County Labor Federation
The Long Beach City College Part-time Faculty, CHI-LBCC, has joined the Los Angeles County Labor Federation, making it one more CCA chapter to do so. CCA chapters are learning that by joining Central Labor Councils they are strengthening labor and community relationships. Shown above (from left) is Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, LA County Federation of Labor; Karen Roberts, CHI-Long Beach president and a CCA Board member for part-time members; and Vivian Malauulu, a CHI member and candidate for the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees. See Our Labor Partners to learn more about strengthening your labor relationships.
Merits of Anti-worker Friedrichs Lawsuit Questioned
The announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs vs. CTA in the fall has generated a national discussion on the merits of the lawsuit that would prohibit unions from collecting fair share fees. In her recent Washington Times column, Ann C. Hodges, professor of Law at the University of Richmond sides with CTA, arguing, "The Supreme Court should leave well enough alone," Read reactions from CTA President Eric Heins, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and other union leaders and learn more about this important issue.
Online Education May Not be All That
Despite the hoopla surrounding online courses, a large study of online education used by students at California's massive community college system found that online students are not doing as well as those who enroll in face-to-face courses, according to a report in Inside Higher Education. What’s your experience been with online education? Contact Dina Martin at or CCA President Lynette Nyaggah at
Supporting Campus Equity
San Joaquin Delta College faculty (from left) Marcos Contreras, Wes Swanson, Cirian Villavicencio and Ed Torres display their support for Campus Equity. You can show your support by displaying the CCA Campus Equity poster below designed by CCA member Denise Johnson. Also check out NEA's poster that asks a thought-provoking question. 
Winter Conference Coming Up!

CCA's Fall Conference was a great success and the Winter Conference from Feb. 19-21, 2016 in Manhattan Beach is just around the corner. Come be part of the union movement, meet your colleagues from around the state and learn valuable skills to bring back to your chapter. Online registration will be available soon.

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