Research Tools for Program Review

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Consultation with the Chancellor's Office

Whereas, There are over 6,000 approved certificate and degree programs in the California Community College System (System) inventory of programs and courses and approximately 51% of these need to be reviewed at least every six years while the other 49% (Career Technical Education programs) need to be reviewed every two years, resulting in the need to review 2,000 programs every year system-wide;

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, working in collaboration with CalPASS Plus, WestEd, the California Department of Labor, California Department of Education and a variety of other state and national agencies has developed a host of data gathering and research tools such as the Student Success Scorecard, Salary Surfer and the newly emerging Launchboard, which all provide the quantitative data necessary to making sound programmatic decisions;

Whereas, The California Legislature has long provided various funding streams such as the Telecommunication and Technology Information Program funds that are intended to develop and leverage System infrastructure where it will benefit colleges and maximize System purchasing power; and

Whereas, The data, tools, technology, staff, and infrastructure are now available to build a customizable program review system that contains narrative and auto/self populating quantitative data that colleges can choose to adopt, locally develop and adapt, save and reuse, or update prior data that is still relevant, in ways that would simplify the effort of program review, and would improve the utility of program review by making it more coordinated and meaningful both locally and statewide;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and other appropriate agencies to further develop research tools that offer quantitative, qualitative and meaningful data for local program review processes.