Whereas, SB 1143 (Liu, 2010) mandates that the California Community College System “establish a task force to examine specified best practices and models for accomplishing student success,” and the work of this task force is already in progress;
Whereas, Myriad forces from both within and without the California Community College System have attempted to define and suggest measurements for student success, leading to varying understandings and definitions of the term;
Whereas, Models and definitions developed in other states may not transfer effectively or appropriately to the California Community College System; and
Whereas, Community college Boards of Trustees are required to rely primarily on or mutually agree with the local academic senate in matters relating to student success;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct its Executive Committee to develop working definitions of student success based on input from faculty throughout the California Community College System and carry those definitions into discussions related to SB 1143 (Liu, 2010) and other appropriate venues.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Due to the 1143 "Student Success" Task Force's focus on metrics, as opposed to definitions, the Futures committee has focused on performance-based funding and the various proposals presented to the task force. Revisiting definitions of success should be pursued early in 2011-2012. The 2012 - 13 Governance and Internal Policy Committee held a breakout and developed a Rostrum article to address this resolution. The Executive Committee in May 2013 deemed this completed.