Board of Trustees Action on Precollegiate Skills Instruction

AS-2307-96/AA - January 18-19, 1996

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the Resolution on Precollegiate Skills Instruction recommended for adoption by the CSU Board of Trustees at its meeting of January 23-24, 1996; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the Report and Recommendations of the Trustees’ Subcommittee on Remedial Education to be presented to the Board of Trustees at its meeting of January 23-24, 1996; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU commend the Board of Trustees for the collegial consultative process it followed in developing its Resolution on Precollegiate Skills Instruction and Report and Recommendations of the Trustees’ Subcommittee on Remedial Education.

RATIONALE: After issuing its initial draft report, the Trustees’ Subcommittee on Remedial Education sponsored a series of public hearings on the recommendations contained therein. The Subcommittee heard the views of faculty, students, administrators, legislators, and the general public regarding their proposals. The messages they received were simple, articulate, and uniform: (1) remediation works, (2) it is the CSU’s Master Plan obligation to admit and educate the upper one-third of the high school graduating class, (3) the CSU must work cooperatively with K-12 and the community colleges to develop a comprehensive plan to upgrade the levels of preparation of entering students based upon mutually acceptable competency standards.

The Academic Senate echoed these sentiments in its resolution passed in early November 1995, in which it further urged that a comprehensive plan to improve the writing and quantitative reasoning competencies of CSU students be based upon the nine principles for remediation/developmental education adopted by the Work Group on Underprepared Students chaired by Alex Gonzalez, Provost, CSU Fresno.

In response to the desires and recommendations of the major stakeholders in the CSU, the Trustees’ subcommittee engaged in a major revision of the draft. In so doing, they consulted extensively with the leadership of the Academic Senate and other groups to insure that the new version reflected a broad consensus. This consultative process has yielded the report and recommendations referred to in this resolution. The Senate notes with appreciation the respect paid to shared governance by the CSU Board of Trustees in its handling of this matter.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- January 18-19, 1996



 
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