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Hot Topics

Hot Topics

This page provides a listing of hot topics that we are covering from the field. Within each topic area, you will find links to more extensive information. Be sure to check back with us on this page, as we will be updating as new topics arise.

  • NAD v. Harvard University Consent Decree Announced Nov. 27, 2019
    • In a press release dated November 27, 2019, the National Association for the Deaf announced the settlement, which states: "The settlement represents the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and ensures for the first time that Harvard will provide high-quality captioning services for online content."
    • The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has also posted a press release that includes a direct link to the NAD v. Harvard Consent Decree
  • DSPS Student Outcomes in Transfer-Level English and Math Webinar
    • On November 14, 2019, the Educational Results Partnership/RP Group presented latest results for DSPS students in Transfer-Level English and Math. They were joined by representatives from DSPS and the faculty at Los Medanos College and Antelope Valley College, who reported on successful strategies leading to success. The webinar is now available in archived format
  • Paul Grossman, J.D., Presentation on Determining QID/QSD: A Paradigm and a Process, sponsored by CCCCO
    • On November 5, 2019, the following presentation regarding Qualified Individual with a Disability/Qualified Student with a Disability was conducted via webinar on behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The presentation is available in accessible Word document format. The author, Paul Grossman, J.D., P.A., has agreed to share this support material with the proviso that it is for individual use and may not be recirculated or posted online. (See Use and Permissions on page 3 of the document.)
  • Survey Results for DSPS Online Database Systems
  • DSPS Solutions Communique Article and Presentation from the 2019 CAPED Convention, October 11-12, 2019
  • Stanford University and Students with Mental Health Disabilities Reach Landmark Settlement
    • A settlement has been reached on behalf of a group of Stanford University students who filed a suit against the University. The case addresses students with mental health disabilities and revision of the university's leave of absence policies and procedures. For your convenience you can access the following resources for the case:
  • AB 2 Regarding DSPS and California College Promise Program
    • On October 4, 2019, AB 2 was passed by the State Assembly. The bill, proposed by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, expands access to the California College Promise Program by allowing students who are part of the Disabled Students Programs and Services to qualify even if they are not enrolled in a full-time course load.
  • Recent Court Ruling on Accessibility for Blind Students
    • Final judgment was rendered in the case of Payan, Mason, National Federation of the Blind, and National Federation of the Blind of California v. Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). The National Federation for the Blind issued a press release on August 21, 2019 stating: "The Federal District Court for the Central District of California Found that LACCD violated the students’ rights under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by, among other things, failing to provide them with accessible documents and course materials, failing to provide equal access to library resources, procuring and using inaccessible educational technology, and maintaining an inaccessible website. The court specifically criticized the use of the Pearson MyMathLab product... The court’s final order requires, among other things, that LACCD appoint or designate a dean of educational technology for Los Angeles Community College, with responsibility for enforcing accessibility policies; remediate its website to make it accessible; and evaluate educational technology for accessibility prior to procuring it."

      Of note, the judgment also requires LACCD to assure their website and all other educational or instructional websites available to students at LACC (including programs on those websites, such as PeopleSoft) achieve accessibility in accordance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA Standards.
    • You can now view this webinar hosted by Linda Vann, CCCCO DSPS Specialist, on August 20, 2019. It provides an overview for new directors and a refresher for those preparing for year-end reporting activities. Posted August 20, 2019.
  • DSPS P1 Funding Summaries
  • Memo from CCCCO Accompanying the 2019-2020 DSPS Allocation
    • The attached memo, which explains the delay (or "pause) in the implementation of the new funding formula, was posted with the 2019-2020 DSPS P1 Allocation to the DSPS Directors Listserv on July 1, 2019.
  • Comparison of Old and New MIS DSPS Categories and Weights
  • 2019-2020 DSPS Allocation Formula 
    • On June 18, 2019, the Community College League of California hosted a Town Hall virtual meeting regarding the planned implementation of the new DSPS Allocation formula for the fiscal year 2019-2020. The meeting was moderated by President Pamela Luster, San Diego Mesa College, and speaker on behalf of the Chancellor's Office was Rhonda Mohr, Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs. The CCLC Town Hall Power Point presentation is now available to the public. Posted June 18, 2019.
  • 2019-2020 California Community Colleges Guided Pathways Workshops
    • The Chancellor's Office has relased the dates and locations of the three Regional Cluster Guided Pathways Workshops to be held this year throughout the state. Dean Keeley has confirmed that teams from any region may attend any of the workshops. Registration is required. The first workshop will be in Fresno on September 27, 2019, and will cover: 
      • "Reimagining counseling and student services: A workshop for teams of faculty, staff, and administrators working at all levels to improve student outcomes, this year’s first Guided Pathways workshop offers tested, innovative approaches. This is an all-day event on Friday, Sept. 27. Recommended attendees include Guided Pathways team members, counseling faculty, student support staff, vice presidents of student student services, and deans of counseling, equity, and student services."
    • What is a Learning Cluster? A Learning Cluster is a network of colleges brought together around a specific Guided Pathways topic area to explore interests, share unique experiences, and benefit from emergent learnings around a topic area.
  • 2019-2020 CCCCO DSPS Calendar
  • AB 705 Multiple Measures Assessment and Placement (amends the Student Success Act of 2012)
    • Visit the CCCCO Specialized Webinars and Trainings page to access the archived AB 705 Promising Practices Webinar, with presentations by three experienced DSPS directors (aired on April 18, 2019).
    • AB 705 became effective on January 1, 2018. The law authorizes “the board of governors to establish regulations governing the use of measures, instruments, and placement models to ensure that these measures, instruments, and placement models achieve the goal of maximizing the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics within a one-year timeframe.”
      • The new regulation poses questions for students with specific disabilities that may require more than one year to enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics.
      • Resources on this include:
        • July 11, 2018 Memorandum from Laura L. Hope (Executive Vice Chancellor, CCCCO) and John Stanskas (President, Academic Senate for CCC) to the California Community Colleges and Districts. Available in both PDF format and Word version.
        • California Community Colleges Assessment and Placement website (extensive information on implementation of the law): What is AB 705?
        • RP Group Conference PPT Presentation on Impact of AB 705 on Special Populations. (April 2018)
      • Visit the CCCCO Specialized Webinars and Trainings page to access the archived AB 705 Promising Practices Webinar, with presentations by three experienced DSPS directors.
  • Extended Time on Assignments and Homework
    • We have received a number of requests for support with accommodations for students requesting extended time for assignments and homework. Each case is unique; however, each case should follow similar process and procedure, and these are laid out in Title 5 Section 56000, which states that any academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and/or instruction funded, in whole or in part, under authority of this subchapter must:
      • be directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disabilities of the students to be served;
      • be directly related to the students’ participation in the educational process;
      • promote the maximum independence and integration of students with disabilities;
      • not include any change to curriculum or course of study that is so significant that it alters the required objectives or content of the curriculum in the approved course outline, thereby causing a fundamental alteration.
    • Title 5 Section 56027 Academic Adjustments and the CCCCO’s Implementing Guidelines for the regulation make it clear that colleges “shall establish a policy and procedure for responding to, in a timely manner consistent with Section 53203… requests involving academic adjustments. This procedure shall provide for an individualized review of each request.”
      • Colleges should periodically review their policy and procedures for responding to requests involving academic adjustments for compliance and currency.
      • Timely and active participation with the student in the interactive process is essential to determining academic adjustments. A case in point is Simmons College.
    • To review OCR cases related to extended time on assignments, homework, and testing (or any other topic), visit the DOE OCR Search Page. Be sure to select the appropriate document types and statutes when you enter your search.  
  • CCCCO Guided Pathways