Statement on Competencies in Mathematics
Expected of Entering College Students

AS-2352-96/AA - November 7-8, 1996

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University approve and adopt the Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students as drafted by the Committee to Revise the Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering Freshmen, a committee created by the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges, The California State University, and the University of California; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU commend the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates for including in its membership representatives from K-12 and the Department of Education; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU applaud the Committee to Revise the Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering Freshmen for its efforts to open the lines of communication between the four segments as they worked together on the drafting of this statement; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU pledge to maintain these open lines of communication, and to continue to work with our colleagues in K-12 during the implementation of the statement of expectations of entering freshmen; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recognize the task facing teachers and schools in implementing the expectations in Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering Freshmen and the importance of the role of The California State University in the preparation of those teachers; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU encourage campus senates to give this document wide distribution and enter into the necessary dialogue that will influence assessment of the understanding of mathematics by incoming CSU students.

RATIONALE: The Statement of Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students was drafted with full participation of the CSU, UC, CCC, K-12, and the Department of Education. The statement, which is in agreement with the Content Standards in English and Mathematics for High School Graduates, makes a strong case for a balance between basic skills, problem solving, and conceptual understanding, in the teaching of precollegiate mathematics. The Committee to Revise the Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students stressed the importance of additional study in mathematics when they stated,

"For proper preparation for baccalaureate level course work, all students should be enrolled in a mathematics course in every semester of high school. It is particularly important that students take mathematics courses in their senior year of high school, even if they have completed three years of college preparatory mathematics by the end of their junior year. Experience has shown that students who take a hiatus from the study of mathematics in high school are very often unprepared for courses of a quantitative nature in college and are unable to continue in these courses without remediation in mathematics."

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- January 23-24, 1997



 
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