Support for Educational Equity Programs in the CSU – Opposition to the California Civil Rights Initiative

AS-2330-96/AA - May 9-10, 1996

WHEREAS, The Academic Senate of the California State University is committed to equity of opportunity for access to and success in higher education; and

WHEREAS, Historical, socioeconomic, cultural, and institutional factors contribute to lower matriculation and persistence rates of students from particular racial/ethnic groups and gender representation in selected disciplines; and

WHEREAS, Educational Equity Programs in the California State University attempt to redress inequities in access to and opportunity for success in higher education; and

WHEREAS, Outreach programs that attempt to increase the pool of CSU eligible students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, that identify and encourage students from these groups to attend college, and that facilitate access are central to the mission of the CSU; and

WHEREAS, Support programs that address income disparities among various racial/ethnic groups and attempt to create an environment that is sensitive to and meets the academic and personal needs of students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are necessary to increase the persistence and success of students from these groups; and

WHEREAS, A proposed statewide constitutional amendment by initiative, titled California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), contains a provision that has been interpreted by the Legislative Analyst as applying to educational equity programs in the CSU and if approved, may be enforced in a way that prohibits the CSU from continuing to dedicate efforts to the recruitment and support of students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups; therefore be it

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate of the California State University reaffirm its support for the principles that guide programs to achieve educational equity in the CSU as articulated in Academic Senate CSU resolution AS-2274-95, adopted on March 9-10, 1995 (attached); and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU support the continuation of Educational Equity Programs in the CSU that attempt to address the specific needs of students from underrepresented groups; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU oppose the proposed state constitutional amendment by initiative, titled California Civil Rights Initiative, because of the potential for its interpretation and application to perpetuate limited access to higher education of persons from specific racial/ethnic groups; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge the campus senates to consider and endorse this resolution.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- May 9-10, 1996



 
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