Noncredit Education and ARCC Reporting

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General Concerns
Status Report

A Senate representative was appointed to the ARCC group who understood the noncredit issues and shared concerns related to this resolution and noncredit faculty with ARCC.

Whereas, The Chancellor’s Office for California Community Colleges is reforming the group involved in the Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC) that reports data on various educational metrics;

Whereas, ARCC reports must be publicly discussed before each district’s Board of Trustees, and these reports have consistently reported incorrect data for noncredit institutions as a result of reporting difficulties, inaccurate measures, and the inability to submit data because all noncredit data are changed to UG (ungraded) prior to submission, or at the Chancellor’s Office;

Whereas, Current research documents that success in noncredit is best represented by more accurate measures consistent with noncredit teaching methods (that may include open entry/open exit) and do not begin and end within the credit-length semester timeline; and

Whereas, The Noncredit Task Force has completed research suggested in previous resolutions (09.01 F09 and 13.01 S08) regarding specific recommendations about accountability reporting;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for adequate representation on the ARCC committee which includes knowledgeable noncredit faculty and administrators; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for educational metrics, progress indicators, and grades consistent with the Noncredit Task Force and Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) recommendations which include the following:

  • Correct reporting for noncredit CDCP (Career Development and College Preparation) certificate completion in MIS (Management Information Systems);
  • Appropriate definitions of cohorts;
  • Appropriate demographics;
  • Appropriate definitions of success;
  • Inclusion of noncredit students, who previously took or are concurrently enrolled in credit coursework, in noncredit cohorts;
  • Appropriate definitions of persistence for noncredit; and
  • Noncredit course success rate, as a measure of success, is defined as students earning P, SP, A, B, C

    MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates

    Appendix E