Whereas, Accreditation standards increasingly require a visible and effective connection between planning and budget, revenues, activities, and expenditures;
Whereas, The direct and indirect expenses of responding to mandated accreditation standards continue to show large increases; and
Whereas, These accreditation expenses are not commonly tracked and have no dedicated revenue or funding;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to local senates that they consult collegially on their local budget process to add a mechanism that allows clear tracking of all expenditures related to accreditation; that the tracking include both direct costs such as dues to the accrediting commission and indirect costs such as reassigned time for development and implementation of student learning outcomes and self studies; and that the tracking identify the sources of all funds used for these expenditures; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to local senates that the results of this tracking be used locally to evaluate the value of these expenditures to student success and to determine possible future actions.
Referred to the Executive Committee to consider effects and return to the Fall 2008 Plenary Session with an appropriate resolution. Resolution 5.01 passed at the Fall 2008 Plenary Session.