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Information Competency Initiative at CCSF
Chronology at CCSF
1996-present Many CCSF SCANS courses include assignments that help develop information retrieval and evaluation skills.
1997-1998 Academic Policies Committee (AP) appoints Subcommittee to clarify the concept of information competency (IC) and explores the feasibility of instituting an IC requirement.
1998-1999 IC Subcommittee presents its work.
1999-2000 AP suggests implementation strategy involving identifying courses in catalog/schedule that require an appropriate research paper/project. IC Subcommittee surveys department chairs to obtain their reaction to the information competency definition and listing of specific courses requiring research paper/project.
2000-2001 Follow-up survey of department chairs and presentation of findings to AP and other campus committees.
2002 - 2003 AP studies implementation models; drafts proposals for discussion.
Spring 2004 Academic Senate and Bipartite Graduation Requirements Committee approves IC requirement
Fall 2004 - Spring 2005 Work Group appointed of Bipartite Graduation Requirements Committee to implement IC requirement
Spring 2006 Bipartite Graduation Requirements Committee approves recommended implementation which involves linking the IC requirement to the Area B Written Composition requirement. Effective Fall 2006 students will satisfy the IC requirement by successfully completing Eng. 96, or Eng. 1A or ESL 170 -- all 3 revised course outlines include at least 6 of the 7 information competency skill areas.
Related State, Bay Area and National Information Competency Developments
1995-2000 CSUs endorse a set of information competence skills as essential for graduates and fund many pilot projects to institute IC courses and assessment strategies.
1996 CCC State Chancellor's Office identifies information competency as a system-wide priority.
1997 State Academic Senate adopts a resolution in support of information competency.
1998 Several state-wide reports and plans circulate among the CCCs about implementation.
1999 New Media report (CCSF Institutional Research & Planning Office) determines that competencies with digital technologies are essential for the college core curriculum.
1999-2000 SFSU's Academic Senate strengthens the IC exit requirement by requiring that students complete it in their first year of study.
CSU-Sacramento Academic Senate approves an information technology general education requirement.
Diablo Valley College's Academic Senate passes an IC general education requirement (May 2000).
Jan. 2000Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education are published and endorsed by American Association for Higher Education (AAHE). These are standards sponsored by the National Association of College and Research Libraries.
Feb. 2000 League for Innovation in the Community College's report, Learning Outcomes for the 21st Century: Report of a Community College Study, cites information technology skills as part of the core learning outcomes for community college students.
Spring 2001 Santa Rosa Jr. College's Academic Senate approves an IC general education requirement.
WASC Sr. College/Univ. Commission revises accreditation standards to include information literacy.
Apr. 2001 Statewide Academic Senate's Curriculum Committee approves information competency as a "locally designed graduation requirement".
July 2002 State Chancellor's Office and Board of Governors support revision language for info. competency in Title 5 of the California Education Code.
August 2002 WASC Jr. and Community College Commission revises accreditation standards and includes information competency skills in General Education skills.
Sept. 2002 State Det. of Finance, citing potential financial impact, pulls IC requirement from Board of Governors agenda for final approval in Title 5.
2002-present CSU-Bakersfield and many other California community colleges implement information competency requirement, see Dec. 2004 chart prepared for CARL-North conference program Institutions With an Information Competency Graduation Requirement
Summary of Findings from the Department Chairs Survey, Spring 2000

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