At their November 3-4 2016 Plenary, the ASCSU approved several resolutions. Summaries of these are provided by Sonoma State University Senator (and ASCSU Vice Chair) Catherine Nelson
ACR 158 (Holden): Undergraduate Student Transfers
Approved Without Dissent
Background: Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 158 was introduced in response to the difficulty one student had in transferring a course between two CSU campuses. The situation was resolved. But the California State Assembly and Senate passed the resolution to encourage the Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges (CCCs), CSU and UC to expedite their efforts to streamline the transfer process and to ensure that all General Education Credits can transfer between all three systems. The full
text of ACR 158 is available here.
In response to ACR 158, AS-3268-16/FGA (Rev) reaffirms the ASCSU’s longstanding commitment to
improving student transfer within and among California’s three public higher education segments, and asserts its continued support for existing CSU policies that facilitate such transfers. It emphasizes the ASCSU’s willingness to collaborate with the California Legislature to further improve undergraduate student transfers and requests that members of the California State Senate and Assembly first consult with the ASCSU when considering future legislative actions that might impact the CSU system.
Course Grading in the Golden Four
Background: In 2011 the ASCSU passed AS-3020-11/APEP/AA (Rev) Grade Minima for CSU General Education Courses in the “Golden Four” that called for a minimum of a C (2.0) for the award of General Education (GE) credit in the “Golden Four” (written communication, oral communication, mathematical/quantitative reasoning and critical thinking). In 2015, Executive Order (EO) 1100, Section 2.2.2 required the 2.0 grade for all native and transfer students. The CSU subsequently issued Coded Memorandum ASA-2016-8 “Basic Subject Courses and the Grade of C- “which stated, resolution requests that the Chancellor’s Office begin implementation of those recommendations in the Quantitative Reasoning Task Force Report that have already been endorsed by the ASCSU.
“Students performing at the low end of the scale at any CSU or external campuses that do not award C- might likely receive C grades. The consequence is that the literal intention of section 2.2.2 of Executive Order 1100 cannot be evenly enforced”.
The memorandum, issued without consultation with faculty, consequently imposed grade minima of C- for the “Golden Four.” Subsequent to the issuance of the coded memorandum, a working group of faculty and Chancellor’s Office staff was created to explore solutions other than those in ASA-2016-8.
“AS-3269-AA/APEP (Rev) Course Grading in the Golden Four” is based on the results of the work groups’ efforts. It recommends that course-to-course transfer of credit for lower division basic subjects in the Golden Four follow the rules for GE credit from the institution where the student completed the course. It also reiterates ASCSU support for grade minima of C (2.0) in each course of the “Golden Four,”
and encourages the adoption of a system-wide rule that a grade lower than C- will not yield CSU Golden Four GE credit regardless of the institution of origin.
Implementation of the Quantitative Reasoning Task Force (QRTF) Recommendations
Approved Without Dissent
This resolution endorses the recommendations in the QRTF Report and asks the Chancellor’s Office, in collaboration with the ASCSU, to engage appropriate stakeholders in the implementation of those recommendations. For the full text of the report, see http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Reports/index.shtml.
Establishment of an Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) Task Force to Study General Education
This resolution calls for the creation of an ASCSU task force to examine, offer suggestions, and report on General Education (GE) programs system-wide. The resolution indicates that the work of the task force may include, among other things, analyzing the data generated by the recent Chancellor’s Office systemwide
survey of campus GE programs, identifying best practices in communicating GE pathways and requirements to students and assessing student learning outcomes, identifying ways to coordinate transferability of GE courses without sacrificing academic quality or campus autonomy and reviewing EO 1100, “General Education Breadth Requirements,” and to provide recommendations for revision if warranted. The impetus for the resolution is to maintain currency in GE programs, identify best practices across the system and respond to increasing interest in CSU GE by external stakeholders.
Support for the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees (BOT 2017-18 Budget Request
According to the rationale for this resolution, at this early stage, the state’s funding plan for the CSU does not include sufficient resources to meet the CSU 2017-18 preliminary budget plan. The resolution conveys the ASCSU’s support for the CSU BOT 2017-18 budget request for additional monies from the state, over and above the $157.2 million funding commitment to the CSU by the Governor for student success, completion and access, infrastructure/facilities and employee compensation. It also urges that in its request, the BOT allocate at least half the monies for the Graduation Initiative 2025 to assist in resolving the tenure density issue in the CSU by hiring and retention of tenure track faculty to improve student success and access.
Commendation of Ken O'Donnell
Approved by Acclamation
This resolution is a commendation for Ken O’Donnell for his accomplishments while serving as CSU Senior Director of Student Engagement. O’Donnell recently left the Chancellor’s Office to take a position as Associate Vice President for Student Success Integration and Assessment at CSU Dominguez Hills.
The full text of ASCSU resolutions is available here.
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