Whereas, Using data and evidence and employing data-driven decision making processes are essential to success in program review, enrollment management, accreditation, and many other facets of college effectiveness;
Whereas, Many faculty are still learning about the types of data available, the types of data to request, effective uses of data, and how to interpret data with confidence; and
Whereas, Colleges are not equal in their access to research assistance or to faculty or staff willing to assist with data analysis;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop a document to guide local senates and faculty on data requests, analyses, formats for presentation of the data, and conclusions; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges further provide guidance on how the data are used to influence college processes, effectiveness, and decision making.
Disposition: Local Senates
During 2009-2010 a number of publications addressed this topic. A breakout was held in the spring on the use of research. And initiatives such as BRIC have focused on this issue, as well as the CLASS Initiative.