Consultation Regarding Technology Tools Impacting Student Services

Fall
2011
Resolution Number: 
11.01
Category: 
Technology
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Draft recommendation (as of September 30, 2011) 2.2 of the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success (established in response to Senate Bill 1143, Liu, 2010) would “require students to participate in diagnostic assessment, orientation and the development of an education plan,” and recommendation 2.3 obligates colleges to “develop and use technology applications to better guide students in their educational process”;

Whereas, Online counseling and advising, electronic education plans, degree audits, and other student service technology solutions have been used by counseling faculty long before the convening of the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success;

Whereas, Many counseling faculty would welcome improved technological tools to augment student service activities, provided faculty primacy is honored with respect to decisions made on the appropriateness of available tools; and

Whereas, Some existing technological systems contain elements that faculty may find objectionable or problematic, including poorly designed instructor rating systems and other tools that may mislead and misinform students;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose implementing any centralized electronic education plans, degree audits, or other technological tools, without the direct involvement of the Academic Senate, with a specific reliance on counseling faculty, to determine the appropriateness and utility of the system.

MSC

Appendix A: California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success

Status Report: 

The resolution calls for the ASCCC to take the position to oppose technology tools that are implemented without faculty involvement, especially in the student services area. Passing the resolution and establishing the opposing position completes the work of the resolution. The the ASCCC also approved resolution 11.01 F17 "Support for Educational Planning Initiative’s Suite of Tools" endorsing the EPI's technology tools for students services to support the implementation of guided pathways.

The committee believes this resolution has been completed and no additional action by TASSC is needed.The resolution calls for the ASCCC to take the position to oppose technology tools that are implemented without faculty involvement, especially in the student services area. Passing the resolution and establishing the opposing position completes the work of the resolution. Given the age of the resolution, the committee did not feel that it was necessary to take any further action. In addition the ASCCC approved resolution 11.01 F17 "Support for Educational Planning Initiative’s Suite of Tools" endorsing the EPI's technology tools for students services to support the implementation of guided pathways.