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.
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