Opposition to SB 1472 (Alpert, Thompson, and Watson)
Education: Community College: Transfer Student

AS-2412-98/AA/FGA - March 5-6, 1998

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University oppose, in its present form, SB 1472 (Alpert, Thompson, and Watson) Education: Community College: Transfer Student which would allow transfer students to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) after enrollment in the CSU.

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU recommend the following amendments:

(1) the University of California, the California State University and the California Community Colleges maintain processes to evaluate the academic records of students transferring from the California Community Colleges, publicize the value of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and publicize the methods by which transfer students from California Community Colleges who are one or two courses short of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification may complete lower-division general education breadth requirements;

(2) the methods by which a student may complete lower-division general education breadth requirements shall be determined by the University of California or the California State University; and

(3) this section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2002.

RATIONALE: The Academic Senate of the California State University appreciates the authors’ efforts to increase the understanding of a common core curriculum in general education courses and to ensure transferability and portability of this common core curriculum between the California Community Colleges and the University of California or the California State University. The CSU has endeavored to facilitate transfer students who have completed substantial portions of the IGETC by having their credits accepted within the systemwide CSU General Education-Breadth, an alternative pattern for completing lower-division GE requirements without falling under campus-specific GE requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth pattern is broader than IGETC, and courses that satisfy IGETC can almost always be slotted into the CSU GE-Breadth pattern. Within the CSU GE-Breadth pattern, students can be certified for having completed one or more of five subject areas, and that certification will protect them from campus-specific lower-division GE requirements in that subject area.

This bill, in its present form, by allowing transfer students to complete the IGETC after they have enrolled in the CSU, defers to a smorgasbord model of general education and would thwart efforts of intersegmental faculty to build more coherent programs for students who attend more than one institution of higher education. Conventional wisdom and extant research suggest that promoting connections across courses and having students deepen their knowledge in a sequence of courses––in GE as well as the major––leads to greater cognitive development.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY – May 7-8, 1998



 
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