Information Competence: A University-Wide Responsibility

AS-2409-98/AA - March 5-6, 1998

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the position paper on "Information Competence" (attached) and recommend it to campus senates as a guide as they develop a comprehensive information competence program; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recognize that the development of skills and knowledge in information competence is a university-wide responsibility and urge the Chancellor and campus presidents fiscally to support faculty development programs in information competence; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus senates to develop a university-wide comprehensive program in information competence to ensure that all CSU graduates are able to locate, retrieve, organize, critically evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information in a cohesive and logical manner; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus senates to consider the following recommendations as they develop a comprehensive university-wide policy on information competence:

a. Development of skills and knowledge in information competence is a responsibility shared by the instructional and library faculty;

b. Information competence should be an integral part of the curriculum;

c. The fundamentals of information competence should be introduced at the freshmen level and the skills and knowledge in information competence should be further developed and applied in general education coursework; and

d. Information competence skills should be reinforced and enhanced in the major;

and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates, the Chancellor, the General Education-Breadth Committee and campuses to work closely with colleagues in the California Community Colleges in fostering the development of information competence skills in the general education coursework offered in the community colleges.

RATIONALE: Many CSU campuses are developing integrated curricular offerings in information competence. In fact, the CSU has funded many campus and multi-campus information competence projects over the past three years. Few campuses, however, have developed a comprehensive program in information competence to ensure that all graduates have mastered the requisite skills and knowledge in locating, retrieving, organizing, critically evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing and communicating information in a cohesive and logical manner.

The Academic Senate CSU, in its position paper, "Information Competence" (May 1998), stresses the need for a comprehensive university-wide program in information competence, provides definitions and components of skills and knowledge to be developed in an information competence program, and recommends a number of issues to be considered by campuses in developing and implementing a program in information competence.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY – May 7-8, 1998



 
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