Response to the Executive Summary of the Subcommittee Reports of the CSU Presidents Group on Teacher Preparation and K-18 Education
AS-2391-97/TEKR/AA - November 6-7, 1997
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University commend Chancellor Munitz, President Maxson, and Interim Senior Vice Chancellor Lindahl for appointing three systemwide subcommittees (Committees on Curriculum, Assessment and Standards; Rewards and Resources; and Market Share and CSU Collaboration) each with broad representation of faculty and administrators who worked collaboratively to "address specific charges derived from the Presidents statement and to make recommendations for implementation of the guiding principles" contained in the Mission Statement of the CSU Presidents Group on Teacher Preparation and K-18 Education; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the subcommittees "clarion call" for strong campus leadership, particularly by campus Presidents and Academic Vice Presidents, to "articulate and sustain a strong commitment to teacher preparation by all members of the campus community"; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU accept the recommendations in the Executive Summary and urge campus senates to engage in the necessary dialogue and develop policies that will assist in implementing those recommendations; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend that presidents, academic vice presidents, and campus senates should consider the social and cultural diversity of the people within the State in planning the implementation of the recommendations in the executive summary; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend that the CSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Teacher Education and K-12 Relations Committee establish a Task Force on Teacher Preparation, working jointly with the Teacher Education and K-12 Relations Committee, to identify a collection of teacher preparation courses which are transferable across CSU campuses.
RATIONALE: The three subcommittees of the CSU Presidents Group on Teacher Preparation and K-18 Education addressed the concerns shared by faculty who teach the undergraduate teacher preparation subject matter courses and the faculty from schools/colleges of education. Recommendations that address those concerns are given in the Presidents report. It is time for campuses to enter into conversations that involve a broad representation of faculty and administrators to put into place the necessary policies and structures to ensure that the teachers we are preparing have the necessary subject matter background, pedagogical skills and reflect a diverse population in order to be effective in public school classrooms.
Students enrolled in teacher preparation courses who transfer within the CSU find that they must repeat courses or take many additional courses. It is necessary to bring together a broad representation of faculty to consider if it is possible to have a core group of courses that are consistent in all teacher preparation programs in the CSU.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY January 22-23, 1998