Academic Senate

Reports from the Standing Committees:
Academic Preparation & Education Programs (APEP) Committee

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Resolution Summaries

Denise Fleming (East Bay), Chair

I am pleased to report that, at its November 2016 Plenary, the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) passed the APEP-sponsored resolution supporting the recommendations forwarded in the Quantitative Reasoning Task Force (QRTF) Report. Although the report now moves to the Chancellor’s Office (CO) for consideration, we have already been apprised of movements toward implementation of some recommendations.

We anticipate that one of the earliest recommendations to materialize will be the tentatively titled Center for the Advancement of Mathematics. We applaud the efforts of our CO colleagues in securing initial funding for the Center. APEP remains involved in monitoring and advising on the implementation process, with Chair Fleming and other members offering thoughts on a potential location and expressing their desire for a leadership structure that reflects the best in shared governance and evidence-based practices.


We are scheduled to discuss the status of the other recommendations in the QRTF Report during our interim (virtual) meeting in early December. We hope to learn more about plans to engage in conversation with pre K-12 colleagues and other segments and groups regarding the recommendation requiring a fourth year of mathematics/quantitative reasoning for admission to the CSU. In addition, all CSU campuses have been asked to submit their response to the QRTF Report recommendations by early February. APEP will continue to discuss the QRTF Report with CO liaisons and, through the resolution process, speak to issues as they arise.


On a personal note, in the aftermath of the presidential election, I must confess to having procrastinated in drafting this issue’s APEP article. Reporting on the business of a standing committee that focuses on academic preparation for students and professional preparation for aspiring pre K-12 teachers is particularly challenging when unwelcome social and political changes may be imminent.


Christian Bennett suggests we “look to find a secure anchor around which to pivot in an era of profound change.” In navigating professional waters, I am grateful for my APEP colleagues, who are individually and collectively some of the most dedicated and thoughtful professionals I have the privilege to know. I take reassurance in the sheer size and the powerful mission of the CSU. I have witnessed a renewed sense of community and common ground with other system faculty, staff, and administration as we affirm our intent to support and protect our students and each other. May you likewise find your “secure anchor” and may the coming weeks and months be good to you and yours.



As always, we encourage you to share your thoughts with APEP