The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) issued a directive in 1995 (recently revised in 2011) that:
"The institution defines and publishes for each program then program's expected student learning and achievement outcomes. Through regular and systematic assessment, it demonstrates that students who complete programs, no matter where or how they are offered, achieve these outcomes." (Source: Eligibility Requirements, June 2011).
All accredited colleges are expected to be at a "proficiency" level of Student Learning Outcomes implementation, meaning SLOs are defined and published for all courses, programs and degrees. Additionally, results of continuous assessment are being used for improvement and wide-spread dialogue. (Source: Rubric for Evaluating Institutional Effectiveness, 2007.)
In order to meet these directives and requirements, WCC needed a way to consolidate and organize everyone's outcomes and results in order to create the "big picture" that ACCJC is looking for. Several options were researched, and TracDat, with its successful track record with other California Community Colleges, fit the bill.