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Report 94-10: California's Associate Degree Programs for Preparing Licensed Teacher Assistants: A Report to the Legislature in Response to Senate Bill 156 (Chapter 1345, Statutes of 1989)

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 1994

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Senate Bill 156 of 1989, introduced by Senator Leroy Greene, established the "Teacher Assistant, Associate of Arts" degree program in the California Education Code as a new activity of the California Community Colleges. It funded the creation of the program by two community colleges in different regions of the State, and it directed the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to examine students who earn the degree for licensure as teacher assistants. It also called on the Postsecondary Education Commission to evaluate the outcomes of the program and to make recommendations, as appropriate, to the Governor, Legislature, and other agencies.

This report responds to that request by describing the programs established by the two selected colleges -- Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar and Shasta College in Redding -- and evaluating them from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective, despite the fact that much of the information needed for a thorough program evaluation is not available. The report discusses the challenges facing the two programs and presents seven conclusions and recommendations for their improvement.

The Commission voted to transmit this report to the Governor, Legislature, and other agencies at its June 6, 1994 meeting, on recommendation of its Educational Policy and Programs Committee.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Program Review

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