Whereas, Senate Bill 1143 (Liu, 2010; now in Education Code §84502) called for a task group to identify metrics for performance based funding, and the group is well on its way in developing such metrics;
Whereas, The metrics being discussed include progress metrics (e.g., accumulating a certain number of units, advancing from basic skills to transfer courses), as well as achievement metrics (e.g., earning a certificate or degree), but, as of yet, little consideration has been given to metrics intended to ensure the provision of services that support student success;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges maintains a long-standing opposition to the notion of performance based funding but at the same time needs to provide guidance to its representatives on the SB 1143 Student Success Task Group and to permit them to participate fully in the development of the least problematic metrics possible; and
Whereas, SB 1143 makes it clear that performance based funding will be developed with or without the support of faculty, and that law could adversely impact base funding;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges participate in discussions regarding performance based funding, asserting that any such proposed funding modifications should be additive and above base funding;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for development and consideration of metrics that are intended to incentivize the provision of student support services given that such services are necessary to ensure the success of all students as well as to improve academic progress and completion; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that the best approach to increase all measures of student success is to support students in meeting their goals and that colleges should be incentivized to ensure the provision of such services.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Consultation Council, SB 1143 Task Force
Senate representatives will continue to advocate for principles noted in this resolution during conversations about performance based funded or other topics.