Whereas, Draft B of the new accrediting standards will require all colleges to specify student learning outcomes at the course, program, degree, and certificate levels, and to measure, document, and improve the attainment of these outcomes by students;
Whereas, Draft B will require that colleges specify and measure the competencies expected of students at the course, program, degree, and certificate levels;
Whereas, Draft B will require that faculty validate department or program examinations; and
Whereas, Draft B will require demonstration that student services, including counseling and library and learning resources, measure, document, and improve their effectiveness in contributing to the achievement of student learning outcomes;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate continue to engage the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in a dialogue about the need for extensive documentation of student outcomes and competencies (at the course, program, degree, and certificate levels) as well as for documentation of the contribution to these student learning outcomes made by student development and support services and library and learning resource services; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate work to change the standards to avoid such a prescriptive and intrusive set of requirements.
The Commission has been presented with these and related resolutions on several occasions. Numerous subsequent resolutions were developed for consideration by the body in order to highlight, refine and communicate the Academic Senate's positions and continuing concerns regarding the standards. All were adopted at the Fall 02 and/or Spring 03 plenary sessions.