Whereas, The new Accreditation Standards require data collection at the levels of the classroom, the program, and the institution;
Whereas, Student Learning Outcomes data have potential to be used in the evaluation of individual faculty;
Whereas, Student Learning Outcomes data collected for program and institutional planning are intended as aggregated information and are not intended as support for specific individual students; and
Whereas, the Academic Senate has adopted Resolution 2.02 F02, which supports "appropriate faculty control over the assessment of students and over the content and teaching of their courses and programs" and "the protection of academic freedom, due process, and tenure";
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to work in cooperation with local bargaining units to create security barriers between collected data and individual instructors, students, and class sections;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to employ methodologies that aggregate Student Learning Outcomes data, such as summaries, reports, and fact sheets, so that they may, in effect, create a blind between individual class sections and the institution; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges stress adherence to the 1974 Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as statements on academic freedom and privacy adopted by the Academic Senate and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Recommendations appear in forthcoming paper on accreditation. Will be completed Fall 2004