Principles for Decision Making on Regional and Statewide
Program Alignments in the California State University
AS-2648-04/AA - March 11-12, 2004
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State
University (CSU) recommend that the process for reaching consensus or agreement
on regional and statewide lower-division program alignments be:
- CSU faculty will determine, within the provisions of Title 5 and/or
Executive Orders, the common courses and/or subject matter preparation
acceptable statewide, within a region, and within a degree program for the
Integrated Teacher Preparation Programs and for the statewide campus-specific
- Faculty representatives from all affected campuses in the system or region
will be included in decision making and approval requires an explicit
affirmative vote from the representatives.
- 3Faculty and staff will be provided sufficient time and support to travel,
meet, confer, and reach consensus or agreement.
- In the event that programs, regions, etc. cannot achieve consensus, the
position held by at least three-fourths of affected campuses will constitute
the agreement for all affected CSU campuses within the system or region.
- All program and curricular changes must be subject to consultation with
elected faculty governance representatives at the local campuses, and, to the
greatest extent possible, program and curricular changes must be achieved
subject to the normal approval processes of the individual campuses.
- Faculty from the region or discipline will continue to meet periodically
to review the curriculum for appropriateness, currency to the profession,
content, and the effectiveness of the program in preparing transfer students
to begin upper-division work in the CSU.
- The real costs of implementing these large-scale programs in the CSU,
including the necessary time and travel for faculty and staff, must be
RATIONALE: To conform to legislation, Title 5, and
Executive Orders, campuses will be compelled to agree on alignment. Owing to
the variety in degree program requirements and courses across the system, some
campuses may need to create or modify courses or modify programs. Control by
local faculty governance of the local curriculum is an important standard of
shared governance and, to the extent possible, all curricular modifications
should be subject to recommendation of local faculty governance (see
AS-2626-03/AA). After programs are aligned, it will be necessary for faculty
to meet from time to time to ensure that the curriculum remains appropriate.
To successfully complete such an initiative, which the state and system desire
undertaken in a time of reduced budgets, requires recognition of and
compensation for the additional time taken and work performed by faculty.
APPROVED - May 6-7, 2004