Response to Access to Excellence
ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-2840-08/EX (Rev)
ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-2840-08/EX (Rev)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate California State University (CSU) acknowledge members of the Access to Excellence Steering Committee for the multi-phasic process (consisting of a systemwide meeting; campus conversations; stakeholders’ meetings, etc.) in seeking comments and suggestions on various drafts of the new strategic plan; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU commend the campus academic senates, faculty, staff, students, and administrative officers on each campus for their thoughtful consideration of the Access to Excellence drafts and for their invaluable advice to improve the final report; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor to include representatives of the Academic Senate CSU on the teams that will prepare guidance for Access to Excellence implementation for consideration by the Board of Trustees; and be it further
RESOLVED: That, in order to guide and inform members of the Access to Excellence implementation teams during the summer and to reiterate faculty concern that essential academic issues have been left unresolved, the Academic Senate CSU reaffirm “Fulfilling the Principles of Cornerstones in the New Strategic Plan” (see AS-2771-06/AA/FGA – November 9, 2006) and “Response to Access to Excellence Draft” (see AS-2821-07/EX – November 8, 2007); and be it further
RESOLVED: That, in order to further advise members of the Access to Excellence implementation teams, the Academic Senate CSU direct them to important reports such as The CSU at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of the People of California , CSU Faculty Workload Study, and Facilitating Student Success in Achieving the Baccalaureate Degree (http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Reports/index.shtml); and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU send copies of this resolution to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, campus presidents and provosts, campus senate chairs, and Access to Excellence Steering Committee members.
RATIONALE: Access to Excellence sets forth three refined priorities for the institution: increase student access and success; meet State needs for economic and civic development, through continued investment in applied research and meeting workforce and other societal needs; and sustain institutional excellence through investments in faculty, innovation in teaching, and better access to undergraduate student research and service. All of these strategic plan goals are worthy, and deserve our support. The inclusion of representatives from the ASCSU will help to ensure that all essential academic issues will be considered by the Access to Excellence implementation plan writing teams. We must be mindful that our tradition of excellence forms the educational foundation upon which we will place the new strategic plan.
Approved – May 8-9, 2008