Support for AB 365 Schools: Graduation Requirements
AS-2384-97/AA/F&GA - September 11-12, 1997
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University support AB 365 (Kuehl): Schools: Graduation Requirements which revises course requirements for the receipt of a high school diploma to require one course in visual or performing arts and one course in a foreign language, beginning with the graduating class of the 2002-03 school year; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge Governor Wilson to sign AB 365 Schools: Graduation Requirements; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU express its appreciation to Assemblywoman Kuehl for her leadership in strengthening the education of high school students, particularly in the visual and performing arts.
RATIONALE: Current law (Section 51225.3 of the Education Code relating to Schools) requires all high school graduates to complete one course in visual or performing arts or one course in foreign language. AB 365 would require one course in the visual or performing arts and one course in foreign language (a course in American Sign Language is also deemed a course in a foreign language).
The Academic Senate CSU has a long history of strong support for the high school academic preparation of students. Since 1988, the CSU admission policy for entering freshmen has required one year of study in the visual or performing arts and two years of study in the same foreign language. The provisions of AB 365 will better prepare high school graduates for entrance into the CSU.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY September 11-12, 1997