Statewide Mandatory Assessment

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Whereas, The Board of Governors adopted a motion on March 6, 2007, which says in part "to begin the process of evaluating the implementation of a system-wide, uniform, common assessment with multiple measures of all community college students..." without adequate information and input from constituent groups;

Whereas, The Academic Senate and faculty representatives as well as administrators and others present at this Board of Governors' meeting reminded the members of the Board of Governors that assessment is an area of faculty primacy, and that the Academic Senate, which is the official voice of the faculty on issues of academic and professional matters per Education Code (70901) and Title 5 Regulations (53206), has not yet taken a position on whether uniform statewide assessment is appropriate, workable, or desirable;

Whereas, While the Board of Governors should rely primarily on the Academic Senate (Board of Governors Standing Order 332), and although it can choose to move ahead without the participation of faculty, it would be imprudent for them to enact changes that would affect all 2.5 million students prior to thorough and necessary research and evaluation of any changes to assessment or placement practices; and

Whereas, The Consultation Council has proposed a task force be convened immediately, chaired by the Academic Senate, to explore the issues inherent in the Board of Governors motion about assessment and placement;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges continue to participate fully in all statewide discussions on assessment, provide leadership to the Task Force on Assessment, and inform and solicit input from local academic senates;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for an appropriate timeline in response to the Board of Governors' motion to evaluate mandatory statewide assessment; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Board of Governors to model the participatory governance required of local community college trustees by ensuring the necessarily deliberative process with reliance on the Academic Senate in academic and professional matters. MSC Disposition: Local Senates, COFO

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I think the CAI covers this.