Local Senate Approval for Participation in Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP)

Resolution Number: 

Whereas, The Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) has developed course placement models using high school transcript data including highest course taken, course grades, and overall grade point average (GPA), and these models have been shown to be at least as effective at predicting student success as approved assessment tests;

Whereas, Assessment and placement of students is an academic and professional matter that is the purview of local academic senates based on the review and input of discipline faculty; and

Whereas, The local senate is best equipped to facilitate discussions on student placement decisions that result in wide-ranging impacts that go beyond impacting English, mathematics, reading, and English as a Second Language disciplines in such a significant way that any modification to local placement models should include all affected disciplines;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to facilitate discussions among faculty about the use of multiple measures, including high school transcript data used by the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP), and determine which measures will best serve the needs of students without creating barriers to courses outside of English, reading, English as a Second Language, and mathematics; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with representatives from the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) to require that participation as an MMAP college must have local senate approval by including the signature of the local senate president on any forms indicating a college’s intent to participate.


Status Report: 

2017 - 18: The committee to discuss how best to address this resolution. Note: The ASFoundation has approved a research project on the effective practices on the use of Multiple Measures. The committee should work with the Foundation to develop a proposal for possible grant funding.