Reporting Data on Low Unit Certificates

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SACC Workgroup worked on this in 2016. Information was collected about number of certificates awarded and need for allowing reporting at CO. Discussion is ongoing but with the 17% committee's decision to include low unit certificates, this has ramped up. First read of revised Title 5 language coming to 5C in May 2017. 2017 -18: The co-chair will provide an update to the field regarding the progress of this resolution.

Whereas, Title 5 §§55070-55072 allow colleges to create certificates of less than 18 units, with those between 12 and 18 units eligible for submission at the option of the district to the Chancellor’s Office for approval as Certificates of Achievement, while those below 12 units may not be submitted for such approval but may be conferred on students as a recognition of reaching an academic goal; and

Whereas, Many of these low-unit certificates are not reported into the system data-gathering records and therefore are not counted in the state’s reporting, contributing to a failure to tell the full story about student success and completion in California’s community colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage colleges to report optional data for all certificate awards, including certificates of less than 12 units, to more comprehensively and accurately demonstrate student success in California’s community colleges.