Recommendations on Proposed Revisions to
Executive 0rders 166 and 466, and
Corresponding Revisions to Sections 1501 and 1505
of the State University Administrative Manual (SUAM)

AS-2192(A)-94/CSIP - March 10-11, 1994

WHEREAS, External degrees conducted through the California State University Continuing Education Revenue Fund were first authorized by Executive Order 166 in 1972 (see attachment); and

WHEREAS, EO 166 does not contain explicit requirements for supervision of external degree programs by campus full-time faculty, approval of external degree programs under procedures utilized for regular state-supported degree programs, or involvement of full-time faculty in instruction in the degree program; and

WHEREAS, The term external degree refers to self-supporting degree programs for which there may or may not be counterparts operating on the campuses; and

WHEREAS, EO 466 issued in 1985 (see attachment) which governs Special Sessions allows campuses to offer self-supporting degree programs (a.k.a. External Degree Programs) and limits such programs to those for which there is an approved state-supported counterpart operating on the campuses; and

WHEREAS, The Academic Senate of the California State University is in receipt of a packet of proposed changes to Executive Orders 166 and 466, and corresponding sections of 1501 and 1505 of the State University Administrative Manual (SUAM) submitted February 7, 1994, by the CSU Deans of Extended/Continuing Education, which would:

(1) designate external degrees as Special Session programs, thereby eliminating the use of the term external degrees, and

(2) provide standards for Special Session programs relating to academic quality, full-time faculty involvement in instruction and supervision of Special Session programs, and procedures for approval;

and

WHEREAS, The standards for Special Session programs in the proposed EO replacement (see attachment) for EO 166 and 466 (and corresponding

proposed revisions to SUAM) require greater faculty and academic administrative oversight and involvement in Special Session degree/certificate programs than is required currently for external degree/certificate programs that would be subsumed as Special Session Degree Programs; and

WHEREAS, The proposed EO replacement for EO 166 and 466 (and corresponding proposed revisions to SUAM) governs degree/certificate programs for which counterparts may or may not be operating on the campuses; and

WHEREAS, The proposed EO replacement for EO 166 and 466 (and corresponding proposed revisions to SUAM) includes a provision on approval of new Special Session Degree Programs (Section F) that would allow for an unspecified "simplification of the existing format for new state-supported degree programs;" and

WHEREAS, All new degree programs, whether state-supported or offered through Extended University, should be subject to the same criteria for approval; and

WHEREAS, The proposed replacement for 166 and 466 would allow in Section E that designated courses existing on campuses be offered as special session courses; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University applaud and support the efforts of the CSU Deans of Extended/Continuing Education to ensure that degree/certificate programs offered through Extended University meet the same standards as degree/certificate/credential programs offered by the campuses to matriculated students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the removal of the title external degree for degree programs offered through Extended University that are subject to the standards enumerated in Section E of the proposed revisions to Executive Orders 166 and 466; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the revision to EO 166 and 466 (and corresponding revisions to SUAM sections 1501 and 1505) proposed by the Deans of External/Continuing Education (see draft EO in attachment) with the following stipulations:

(1) Section F on New Degree Programs in the proposed EO should be revised to require that all new Special Session degree program proposals be subject to the same format requirements for systemwide approval as new state-supported degree programs, and

(2) A new provision should be added to the proposed revision which incorporates a statement of policy similar to the existing policy in EO 466, Section C.9 on the application of degree credit offered through special session toward resident credit requirements.

APPROVED -- May 5-6, 1994



 
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