We believe Californiašs future is wedded to the quality of education it provides
to its citizens. Our economic prosperity is contingent upon a well trained and
knowledgeable work force. Our ability to respond in a thoughtful and productive
manner to change---whether it be to the revolutionary developments in
information technology or the dramatic growth in cultural and linguistic
diversity throughout California---depends to no small degree on our schools'
ability to provide a dynamic curriculum, offer inspirational teaching, and
engage in continuous renewal. Although this responsibility rests with all
segments of our educational system---from pre-school to post-baccalaureate---the
challenges confronting our elementary and secondary schools are particularly
compelling given the large number of students and the tremendous range of
student backgrounds and interests.
It is our conviction that the strengthening of K-12 education is of critical
importance and must be a key strategic priority of the California State
University. A strong public school system is not only of vital importance to
our statešs economy but will insure that the California State University can
focus its resources on appropriate college level instruction, scholarly and
creative activity, and service. We believe that the central mission of CSUšs
relationship to K-12 schools ought to be to improve the quality of preparation
programs for school site personnel and to insure that the scholarly,
pedagogical, and technological expertise of the CSU is available to the schools
on an ongoing basis.
In the pursuit of these goals, the CSU's initial focus will be on internal
efforts to improve our own school site personnel preparation programs and their
relationship to K-12 education. The ultimate objective, however, is to see that
these reform efforts influence K-12 and postsecondary institutions, thus helping
to transform educational practices and to affect state education policy.
The following principles will guide our work in strengthening education programs
for teachers and other education professionals:
- The education of teachers is a university-wide responsibility and is of such
critical priority that it will influence key decisions regarding faculty
recruitment, promotion, tenure, compensation, and workloads. Because
prospective teachers are most influenced by the quality of teaching they
encounter as students, all university faculty need to demonstrate effective
instructional practices and serve as good teaching role models.
- Students contemplating teaching careers will have opportunities in their
undergraduate years to participate in academic majors and other university
courses which integrate subject matter and teacher education course work and
provide multiple site-based clinical learning opportunities. Such approaches
will provide better opportunities to identify high potential students, recruit
exemplary candidates for the teaching profession, and maximize the
all-university nature of teacher education and the creation of an integrated
- CSU Schools of Education will embody the principles of good professional
practice by providing extensive clinical experiences and establishing standards
to define the characteristics of a well prepared teacher educated anywhere
within the CSU system. In order to complete successfully a CSU preparation
program, teacher candidates will be individually assessed based on these
established standards, which include competencies such as knowledge in content
areas and appropriate instructional planning and presentation skills.
- Schools of Education, as well as other schools and departments within the
CSU, will develop and maintain partnerships with K-12 schools to facilitate
continuous renewal of schools and universities alike. Regular faculty exchanges
and other ongoing joint university/school activities will help achieve the
simultaneous co-reform of teacher education and of K-12 schools.
- Regular consultation and collaboration with leaders in the K-12 community is
an important all-university responsibility throughout the CSU. In addition,
presidential engagement and action will be a high priority regarding
recommendations made by groups working to improve education in the state such as
the California Education Round Table, the CSU Remedial Education Task Force, the
University of California Outreach Task Force, and the SB 1422 Advisory
- All CSU Presidents, as campus leaders, have a responsibility to promote the
principles articulated above in their personnel practices, academic planning,
budgeting, and public pronouncements. Indeed, for this effort to succeed,
leaders throughout the CSU, including the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the
Presidents, the Academic Vice Presidents, the Academic Deans, and the Academic
Senates must also assume this responsibility.