Building Alliances for Improving Enterprise Software Capabilities

Spring
2009
Resolution Number: 
13.09
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Many colleges that use one of the major enterprise software systems such as Datatel, Banner, or People Soft, are experiencing significant negative academic and student services ramifications;

Whereas, Working with faculty, administrators and staff to identify enterprise software issues and solutions could provide strength in numbers, bring people together across districts, and result in a stronger voice to compel vendors to make necessary modifications and improvements;

Whereas, There is not a forum available for faculty to work with administrators and classified staff across college districts to identify issues of common concern in an attempt to improve the systems for the best academic and student support decisions; and

Whereas, There are some software user groups that already meet, but may not include faculty and may focus mostly on how to use the software, but not on how to make modifications to improve the systems in the best interest of students and faculty;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore avenues for faculty to collaborate with administrators and classified staff across districts to identify common problems, challenges, and limits of software programs that prevent academic decisions from being carried out, and, after such exploration, make recommendations and disseminate a list of the issues and possible solutions.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Summary: 
Explore avenues for faculty to collaborate with administrators and classified staff across districts to identify common problems, challenges, and limits of software programs that prevent academic decisions from being carried out, and, after such exploration, make recommendations and disseminate a list of the issues and possible solutions.
Recommendation: 
The Committee discussed the resolution and it was suggested that the focus be on identifying common problems and possibly working through the Foundation and share the issues with vendors.
Status Report: 

A survey was developed and distributed. The findings were compiled and published in a Rostrum.