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When standardized tests are useful

Standardized tests are useful to students, to teachers, and to the direct administrators of teachers -- that is, to those people who have been trained in the use and interpretation of test results. Standardized tests are misinterpreted and then misused by people who are not trained.

Faulty use of tests wastes the time of administrators and teachers and deprives students of instruction.

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Letter from the Sacramento City College Academic Senate

Sacramento City College Academic Senate Letter to the 1143 Student Success Task Force The Academic Senate of Sacramento City College sincerely thanks the Student Success Task Force for this opportunity to respond to their Report. Particularly, we would like to affirm their recommendation that California not move to a performance based funding model. Struggling as we are to serve students in the aftermath of dramatic ...more »

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Are book publishers the best experts on assessment?

As many community college students enroll at more than one college and transfer credits among colleges, I like the idea IN PRINCIPLE of a common assessment method. If we could all agree on the entry and exit skills associated with a given level of English or Math, and an English course one-level-below-college was comparable and transferable among colleges, that would facilitate college completion. I am deeply concerned, ...more »

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Resolution by Counseling Faculty at Allan Hancock College

This is the resolution that was written and approved by the Counseling Faculty at Allan Hancock College. Whereas, At its October 15, 2011, meeting the California Community College Independents (CCCI) passed a “Resolution in Response to the Draft Recommendations of the California Community College Task Force on Student Success”; Whereas, The positions expressed in the CCCI resolution are consistent with one exception ...more »

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Basic Skills needs to include computer and information literacy.

It is a prevalent assumption that younger students already know computer skills, but the reality is that many know social computer skills but not workplace skills. Older, often displaced workers, or those seeking to keep or get better jobs need to develop or upgrade computer skills. For example, an important group of students in our applications classes were laid off from a local college, and need to be retrained in Windows ...more »

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Student Success Task Force

The following recommendations will provide more classes available for serious, motivated and responsible students in CCs. Taxing the rich alone, without educational reform, won’t solve the economic shortfall in California education. Without these changes CCs will continue to reward less motivated, less, less responsible and less committed students and reduce the number of classes available for students who are more committed ...more »

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Academic Senate President, Chabot Community College

Response to the Task Force on Student Success by The Academic Senate of Chabot Community College, Hayward Submitted by: Kathy Kelley, Academic Senate President The Academic Senate of Chabot Community College appreciates the serious budgetary shortfalls of the State of California and the expense of a community college system that is open to any person over 18 years of age regardless of preparation or educational goal. ...more »

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Jane Vallely

The student success task force document appears “deeply flawed”. It is of great concern that a group of people come up with many suggestions that have not been thought through. A group that feels they know the diverse population of students at the community college better than faculty and counselors who are closer to the issues of student success. There needs to be more time and discussion. System wide goals should ...more »

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ESL Tutor

In order to accelerate student progress, ESL tutors must be available to new learners. Tutors must have active teaching credentials, an advanced degree and certification in teaching ESL. I cannot expect work study students tutoring tutoring new L2 learners. Why, because teaching ESL is a profession and should be left to professional educators.

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Apprenticeship Programs are getting Americans back to work

After attending the regional community Town Hall meeting, the idea of Apprenticeships programs was introduced as a way for individuals to recieve a salary while recieving training. Since these are strong CTE programs it should be considered to be part of a successful CTE program even though they don't always recieve a certificate from a Community College.

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Develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing ESL education -

The Cypress College Reading, English, and ESL Departments support both the Academic Senate’s resolution 6.04 ( adopted Fall 2011) to remove ESL students from the SSTF and the summary of previous responses by the ESL community on the SSTF website: "An important clarification was submitted by the ESL community, who were concerned that credit ESL classes were lumped in with developmental courses or with personal enrichment ...more »

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Basic Skills models - Response to 5.1 and 8.3

We echo the concerns of Senate Resolution 9.01, encouraging Task Force members to recognize local authority in responding to the needs of diverse student populations and reject a "one size fits all" model in any incentive-based proposals. We are concerned that Task Force Recommendation 8.3 encourages models that "[privilege] time to completion over quality of Instruction" and strongly oppose any imposition of specific ...more »

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Basic Skills innovation - Response to 5.1 and 8.3

"While supporting efforts to improve student learning skills and improve success through sound research and effective innovation in all curriculum development and implementation, we oppose the alternative funding model for basic skills as outlined in the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success recommendation 8.3 (as of September 30, 2011). Senate Resolution 5.01, adopted Fall 2011. ~Cypress College ...more »

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All Community Colleges Should be on a Quarter System

In order to help increase student success, all California community colleges should be on a Quarter system. The semester system is simply too long and works against students. I hope the Board of Governors for the CA community colleges will consider this even though it was unfortunately not a recommendation by the State Student Success Task Force.

 

Let's change the system to help students succeed!

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Recommendation 5.1

Long sequences of basic skills courses constitute a dead end for students. Students who initiate at the lowest levels rarely show up at the college level. If the Task Force intention is to initiate fundamental change, the recommendation should be directive, including language articulating the intent. What is the community college role regarding basic skills instruction?

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Response to SSTF Recommendations

The Basic Skills Coordinating Committee at Mt. San Antonio College comprises managers (appointed by Vice Presidents) and faculty members (appointed by the Academic Senate). The primary goal of the committee is to promote student success, primarily for students enrolled in basic skills classes at the college. The BSCC has read and discussed the recommendations from the Task Force on Student Success and would like to ...more »

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SLO

One of the comments that came out of the Fall plenary that I found fascinating was that student learning outcomes is not mentioned in the recommendations.

 

So how will the recommendations affect accreditation?

 

Might the recommendations risk our accreditation?

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Forensics must be repeatable

It is deeply disturbing that no one on the task force took the time to discuss the impact of the repeatability recommendaitons with member of the Forensics community. While, I understand the need to limit repeatability in some areas, lumping so many subjects together fails to recognize the unique needs of some programs. Forensics is a competitive actitivy much like athletics, that requires a full two years at the CC level ...more »

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Align Course Offerings to meet student NEEDS? Ch. 4

What?! To me this is unnerving. Why the rush to completely dismantle and unearth the roots of a thriving tree of knowledge, because some people cannot climb its branches? They need to be taught to climb, before they "jump onto a limb".The Economy should not force closure or remove value from people's lives and pursuits. Why is one person's need deemed greater than another. Hello? Equality? Teach a man to fish...?Community ...more »

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4.1.6 Continue noncredit DSPS Special classes

Title 5 mandates that all students who are served by DSPS must have an educational plan and must demonstrate measured progress. Doesn't this align with the overall goal of the SSTF?

Consider revising recommendation 4.1.6 to allow DSPS special classes to continue serving students through noncredit. Some courses can be offered through CDCP, but not all will qualify.

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Is anyone else outraged by ideas like “centralized assessment” ?

Is anyone else outraged by the idea of “centralized assessment” and “aligning with the K-12 Common Core State Standards and assessments”? In addition to the proposal’s plan to cut funding to non-credit courses, what troubles me about this proposal are the following goals: --Community colleges will develop and implement a common centralized assessment for English reading and writing, mathematics, and English as a Second ...more »

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Overall College Response to SSTF

Chaffey College Response to the Student Success Task Force Recommendations With a history of commitment to the improvement of developmental education and to innovation resulting in student success, Chaffey College respectfully submits the following input to the Student Success Task Force. As a state leader in some of the areas cited in the recommendations, Chaffey College supports some of the basic tenets of the Task ...more »

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ESL Faculty Concerns

Sierra College ESL Faculty 28 October 2011 RE: CCC Task Force for Student Success Sierra College ESL faculty has serious concerns in regard to the recommendations made by the CCC Task Force for Student Success (CCCTFSS). The ESL program at Sierra College is a large, multi-leveled community college program which includes both transfer and non-transfer courses. The focus is on academic skills needed for success in ...more »

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