Reports from the Standing Committees:
Academic Preparation & Education Programs (APEP) Committee
|This Month's Issue|
|Message from the ASCSU Chair|
|Report of the Faculty Trustee|
|Reports from Standing Committees|
|Bring Back the Master Plan|
David Barsky (San Marcos), Committee Vice-Chair
APEP brought a resolution to the plenary to reaffirm the commitment of the CSU and the ASCSU to providing equitable access to excellent education, and to call upon the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to reject the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. This resolution was approved without dissent by the ASCSU, and it was picked up by Inside Higher Ed and in an EAB Daily Briefing.
Despite the ASCSU resolution, Ms. DeVos was narrowly confirmed by the Senate, and APEP will be paying careful attention to developments in the U.S. Department of Education.
The committee also brought forth in first reading a resolution that calls for ending the practice of assuming that satisfaction of the General Education (GE) B4 requirement automatically indicates that a student has demonstrated proficiency in intermediate algebra, since there are now statistical pathways that a student might follow that do not involve this level of algebra.
APEP met with a number of Chancellor’s Office staff. The most detailed of the reports heard by APEP concerned the new admission application process that the CSU will be using. Effective June 1, the CSU Mentor website will redirect visitors to Cal State Apply, which will unify three different application processes (undergraduate, transfer and graduate). It will have an enhanced student interface and will simplify admission processes (for example, when students supply test scores to one campus to which they have applied, these will then be made available to all other campuses to which the student is applying). Cal State Apply can be customized to allow for campus-specific and program-specific questions and information.
Among the more interesting items learned by APEP was that the Legislative Ananlysts Office (LAO) has released a report concluding that there is no need for an additional CSU campus, since the CSU may be exceeding its charge in the original Master Plan and is now pulling from more than the top third of graduating high school classes. Additionally, the report argues that the CSU could make greater use of its facilities by more fully utilizing them from 7am-10pm. We were alerted to the fact that a third of the entering first-year students in Fall 2015 received a grade of D+ or lower in at least one Fall course. We learned that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has recently re-iterated that a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required in order to earn a teaching credential.
Looking to the next two months, we expect to continue working on the issue of validation of proficiency in intermediate algebra, monitoring steps taken with respect to the Quantitative Reasoning Initiative, and looking for steps that we can take to help address the teacher shortage in California.