Examine Processes for Establishing Prerequisites

Spring
2006
Resolution Number: 
09.05
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Curriculum
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites, is an academic and professional matter and Title 5 53200 establishes that faculty, through the academic senate, have the primary function of making recommendations with respect to such matters;

Whereas, The process of statistical validation of pre- and co-requisites has presented tremendous challenges, including circumstances in which faculty are unable to implement academically valid pre- and co-requisites;

Whereas, Complete and accurate student data for the purposes of statistical validation are difficult to obtain and require students to not succeed, contrary to our goal as faculty who seek to facilitate student learning regardless of student lack of preparation; and

Whereas, Non-validated pre- and co-requisites are routinely implemented at the request of outside agencies, "regardless of the ability to validate such requirements," in violation of current policy;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the System Office to review all policies, procedures, laws, and legislation related to pre-requisites, co-requisites, and advisories, including the current validation process;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges prepare recommendations for modifying the current validation process; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges review all recommendations, including possible changes to Title 5, at the Spring 2007 Plenary Session and, if appropriate, seek to implement desired changes.MSC Disposition: Local Senates, System Office

Summary: 
Work with the System Office to review all policies, procedures, laws, and legislation related to pre-requisites, co-requisites, and advisories, including the current validation process, prepare recommendations for modifying the current validation process; and review all recommendations, including possible changes to Title 5, at the Spring 2007 Plenary Session and, if appropriate, seek to implement desired changes.
Recommendation: 
The Committee and SACC Liaisons have discussed this issue with regard to Title 5 regulation changes. A breakout at the July 08 Curriculum Institute and Fall 08 Session collected information regarding faculty concerns. The committee is reviewing suggestions and concerns to determine which are actionable. The re-validation process was definitely identified as an area requiring potential T-5 changes.
Status Report: 

Completed. See new resolutions on prerequisites.