SSTF (SB 1143) Information

Senate Bill 1143, written by Senator Carol Liu, was passed on June 4, 2010 (22-11) resulting in formation of the Student Success Task Force (SSTF). The SSTF put together recommendations that would amend Title V and change the mission, scope, and operations of the California Community Colleges.  The SSTF met monthly for one year and created a list of nine recommendations. Legislation resulting from those recommendations has been moving rapidly, frequently without adequate input from faculty and students.

The 22 recommendations have now been published under the title Student Success Initiative and can be accessed here.  For more information, please visit our advocacy group, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) web page to do the following:

    1. Point-and-click Online Letter Writing (templates to send to your legislators about bills you want them to support or oppose)
    2. Examine the FACCC Legislative Hot List (list of upcoming bills that will affect community colleges, including their status)
    3. Information, News and Analysis

Chancellor Brice Harris stands up for CCCs

Chancellor Harris responds to a legal complaint by California Competes (an organization headed by Robert Shireman, author of several critical articles of CCC faculty senates).  The legal complaint alleged that faculty Senate purview is in violation of Title V.  Chancellor Harris responds that this could not be further from the truth.

Response to Shireman Article in SF Chronicle

This is the SF Chronicle article from 9/14/12 by Robert Shireman which uses falsehoods and hyperbole in criticizing the role of Academic Senates in college budget and governance processes (

Recent legislative actions affecting community colleges:   

For real-time information, visit

September 2012:  SB 1456 (Lowenthal): Student Success Act of 2012 has been signed and goes into effect in Spring 2013. Uses matriculation funds for student orientation, assessment, and education planning and establishes an eligibility requirement for the BOG Fee Waiver based on academic and progress standards to be determined by the BOG. Text from the actual amended law:



Outcomes-based funding was eliminated from the SSTF report, but it has not gone away - it may be implemented sooner than we think.
Campaign for College Opportunity is an organization that touts data in support of community colleges, but in fact advocates unbalanced approaches such as outcomes-based funding.  They sponsor regular briefings for legislators and community members, so faculty are encouraged to go to these and ensure that the faculty perspective is heard.  Access their most recent report at


History 1143:  A Timeline of SSTF Actions between 2011 and 2012

This timeline illustrates how rapidly information changed and the nature of the communication between the state and the shared governance constituents at community colleges statewide.


January 11, 2012 - SMCCD BOT study session on the SSTF recommendations shows that the SMCCD BOT has concerns over the SSTF recommendations.  Excerpt from Chancellor Galatolo's all-district email detailing the BOT's response.

January 9, 2012 - Final recommendations by the SSTF.

December 6, 2011 - Response from Michele Pilati, AS President, addressing the updated recommendations of December 2 by the SSTF.

December 2, 2011 - Latest iteration of the SSTF recommendations which was distributed to SSTF and Board of Governors members. This was prompted by the Board of Governors scheduled discussion of the recommendations that was held 12/1/11 at a special meeting in San Diego. Questions or concerns should be posted at the 1143 discussion board.

November 17, 2011 - Media Statement from State Chancellor's Office responding to feedback and addressing latest developments

November 14, 2011 - Commentary by ASCCC President on developments from the SSTF (including removals of some recommendations)

November 7, 2011 - FACCC response to State Chancellor and SSTF Recommendations

November 2, 2011 - Summary of online feedback from colleges statewide, collected by State Chancellor's Office

October 2011 - Adopted Resolutions from the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges Fall 2011 Plenary Session

September 2011 - Memo from State Chancellor's Office Sharing Recommendations by the Student Success Task Force (SB 1143)— After this memo came out, feedback was only accepted online, and it was unclear how the feedback would be used.

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