Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed resolution 7.01 F15 “LGBT MIS Data Collection and Dissemination” calling for the Chancellor’s Office to “regularly disseminate data collected on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, per AB 620 (Block, 2011) requirements, to local community colleges to better serve LGBT students and to do so in a safe and secure manner in acknowledgement of the sensitive nature of the data;”
Whereas, Citing privacy concerns, the Chancellor’s Office has refused to release this data to colleges and districts that have requested it, despite the fact that data on LGBT-identified students are made available to individual University of California campuses, per recommendations from the UC Task Force and Implementation Team on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Climate and Inclusion (2014);
Whereas, Making informed data-based decisions is essential in fulfilling the promise of the Equity in Higher Education Act, which affords all persons, regardless of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other specified bases, equal rights and opportunities in California postsecondary educational institutions (Education Code §66251); and
Whereas, The success of LGBT students depends upon the ability of each college to access and utilize aggregated data pertaining to student equity measures and other metrics, such as access, student success, retention, and degree and certificate completion;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office to ensure that aggregated data collected from the CCCApply about LGBT-identified students be made available to all California community colleges in order to better serve the students at our colleges and meet the requirements of Title IX, the Equity in Higher Education Act, and AB 620 (Block, 2011) and report progress back to the body by Fall 2017.