Support for Draft Executive Order on Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics

AS-2337-96/AA(a) - May 10, 1996

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the draft executive order on Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics that:

1. requires campuses to assess entering freshmen who are not exempt from testing prior to first-time enrollment,

2. requires that students who do not place into a baccalaureate level course in English and/or mathematics enroll in appropriate remedial or developmental activities during their first term of enrollment;

and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Precollegiate Education Policy Implementation Advisory Committee to consider the following modifications to the draft executive order on Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics, which would ensure that students who have taken ELM and have successfully completed the campus approved mathematics program activities that demonstrate competence in intermediate algebra should not be required to retake ELM prior to enrollment in courses that satisfied GE Breadth requirements in quantitative reasoning unless the lapsed time exceeds campus specified time limits.

1. Revise Section I,B,3,c. as follows: "Taking the ELM examination and, in the event of not passing it, demonstrating competence in intermediate algebra by passing campus-approved mathematics programs/activities and/ or by retaking and passing the ELM examination."

2. Revise Section I,B,5. as follows: "Campuses may establish time limits for the applicability of ELM scores and mathematics course grades to eligibility for enrollment in specified coursework as determined locally. In cases where the time limit has been exceeded, each campus may require that a student demonstrate current competency prior to entry into a course which satisfies the General Education-Breadth requirement in quantitative reasoning. Campuses may also establish time limits for the applicability of ELM scores and mathematics course grades to eligibility for enrollment in specified coursework as determined locally."

3. Revise Section I,B,6 as follows: "Campuses shall ensure that students who do not demonstrate the requisite competence in mathematics are placed in appropriate remedial or developmental program/activities during the first term of enrollment and each subsequent term until such time as they demonstrate competency.

and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU endorse existing Trustee policy that permits only admission of those junior and senior transfer students who were either eligible for CSU admission as high school graduates or who have completed GE requirements in English and mathematics, and recommend that this policy be included in the new executive order on Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics; and be it further

RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Precollegiate Education Policy Implementation Advisory Committee to consider the following:

1. Postponement of implementation of the new executive order on Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics to no earlier than Fall 1998, including provisions applicable to junior and senior transfer students to allow sufficient time for communication with high schools and community colleges.

2. Development of implementation plans to address the cost implication of administration, scoring and reporting of ELM and EPT on a more timely basis.

3. Development of implementation plans for addressing the enrollment impact of the proposed changes in the new executive order, including Fall/Spring enrollment differentials, increased demand for remedial/developmental courses, and declines in upper division transfer enrollments.

APPROVED WITHOUT DISSENT -- September 5-6, 1996



 
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