This paper considers noncredit instruction in the California Community College System. Noncredit students pay no enrollment fees and normally receive no college credit or official course grades. State apportionment funding is provided for noncredit instruction in specified areas. The paper identifies three related concepts: a state need for increased levels of education that noncredit instruction is well-placed to supply, several changes that begin to facilitate that response, and additional changes that are needed to ensure success. The landscape for noncredit instruction has evolved dramatically since 2006 when the Academic Senate adopted "The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges" and the Chancellor’s Office Noncredit Alignment Project produced "A Learner-Centered Curriculum for All Students." In passing SB361 in Fall 2006, the California Legislature opened the door to the potential of equitable funding for noncredit instruction. Curriculum regulations in Title 5 changed to permit local certificate programs in noncredit. The systemwide Basic Skills Initiative has recognized the important role noncredit programs can play in introducing more students to the wide range of programs and certificates available in California Community Colleges. But the promise of these efforts will remain unfulfilled until noncredit students, faculty, and programs receive equitable resources and levels of instruction and support comparable to their credit counterparts. Education is the American promise that we can do better; for noncredit instruction, the promise of doing better is more tangible than it has been in a long time; but much remains to be done. This paper establishes a roadmap to fulfill that promise to our most vulnerable students — those who receive the fewest resources and often need the most help in their educational journey. Noncredit Instruction: Opportunity and Challenge ASCCC Logo         Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND Creative Commons License Information
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