Addressed in the paper Agents Of Change: Examining The Role Of Student Learning Outcomes And Assessment Coordinators In California Community Colleges and in Rostrum Articles, as well as at the SLO and Accreditation Institutes. Copies of the paper will be sent to ACCJC, CCLC, CCCO, ICAS and other partners deemed relevant.
Whereas, In response to the 2002 Accreditation Standards, outside agencies or stakeholders (e.g., faculty on intersegmental groups, textbook publishers and consultants) have begun to create Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) with reference to local courses and programs;
Whereas, Local course, program and curriculum planning and development are matters of academic freedom and an area where local senates have primacy;
Whereas, Courses are determined for articulation based upon content and objectives, not SLOs; and
Whereas, Some confusion exists in the field and among various system and outside agencies as to the specific meaning of "objectives" and "student learning outcomes";
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges insist that SLO design and development remain exclusively a matter for local faculty and senates; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges insist that the designs of all processes for measurable objectives and/or outcomes remain exclusively a matter for local faculty and senates and that this principle be communicated to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the system leaders of California's Community Colleges, and all of our intersegmental partners, including the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) and the California Articulation Numbering (CAN) Board of Directors.