Whereas, The System Advisory Committee on Curriculum is undertaking a review of Course Data Elements (CB) and Student Program Awards (SP) codes to ensure that they accurately reflect program and curriculum development and intention, and faculty around the state will want to contribute to the final results of any significant changes to the codes;
Whereas, CB and SP codes are used to track student performance and college curriculum work, and as was seen with changes to CB 21 and 22, correct coding can greatly affect perceptions about student achievement;
Whereas, The validity of these coding elements is dependent on faculty knowledge of and correct use of coding and how it is applied locally, as well as regular faculty review of the elements; and
Whereas, Local curriculum committees should also be aware of the importance of the codes and how selecting a code can change how a course is tracked, funded or used;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local faculty participation in review of any proposed changes to CB or SP codes that significantly affect curriculum and program development or tracking; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local curriculum committees to review and monitor the application of CB codes and provide them with guidance as to how to correctly apply them to a course.
MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates
A presentation on this topic was made by CO staff at both the northern and southern regional meetings in Fall 2011, and a follow-up Rostrum article was published.