Whereas, The new Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Standards place the Commission in the role of reforming and restructuring the colleges in line with an educational movement whose efficacy is not yet proven and which in part has its roots in managerial movements that promote corporate and market models for higher education; and
Whereas, The assessment movement has clearly spawned a burgeoning and increasingly profitable industry that includes an extensive network of institutes and consultants;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate research and document potential conflicts of interest among members of consulting organizations used by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) or accreditation visiting teams for decision-making purposes; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate research and document the evolving composition of ACCJC and of accrediting teams, particularly with regard to the numbers of and balance between faculty and administrators. MSC Disposition: Accrediting Commission, CEOs, Local Senates
While portions of this resolution that deal with visiting team composition are under current review by the Accreditation and Student Learning Ad Hoc Committee (see 2007 Year End Report), the section on conflicts of interest is not relevant.