Implementing Content Review for Communication and Computation Prerequisites

Curriculum Committee

This paper is one of a collection of papers written by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) to support the use of content review as the basis for establishing communication and computation prerequisites. Student Success: The Case for Establishing Prerequisites Through Content Review was adopted at the Fall 2010 Academic Senate Plenary Session and provides the rationale for recommending a Title 5 change that would permit the use of content review as the primary means of validating communication and computation prerequisites. This paper serves as a follow-up to the earlier one, providing guidance for local colleges that wish to move from statistical validation of prerequisites to reliance on content review. While content review has always been a required component of the process of assessing the skills needed for student success in a given course, the use of content review absent statistical validation will require a review and possible modification of existing content review processes to ensure the necessary rigor. A third paper on the use of multiple measures, a component of the assessment for placement process is also planned. Any change in local prerequisite practices that increases the use of communication and computation prerequisites will require planning to ensure that resources are allocated to meet any increased demand for assessment and counseling services and basic skills course offerings. This paper provides not only an overview of effective practices relating to content review, but also suggestions regarding more global considerations. Because the use of prerequisites will likely increase in the future as reliance on content review as the means of validating prerequisites becomes more common, planning to minimize negative unintended consequences is critical. Assuring students on-going access to courses for which they are prepared must be a primary consideration as changes are made to further student success through the appropriate use of prerequisites.

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