Fiscal Concerns on Implementation of Early Start Programs
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RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) recognize the CSU Board of Trustees’ dedication to student success that underlies the mandating of Early Start programs; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the CSU Board of Trustees, the Office of the Chancellor, and campus Presidents to assure that implementation of Early Start programs does not preclude access to the CSU due to the students’ increased financial burden; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the CSU Board of Trustees, the Office of the Chancellor and campus Presidents not to jeopardize existing campus programs that address the goals of the Early Start program that have proven successful; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the CSU Board of Trustees, the Office of the Chancellor and campus Presidents to assess the academic impact of implemented Early Start programs, and to provide a financial impact report of Early Start programs on campuses and the system; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Chancellor, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CSU campus Presidents and Provosts/VPAAs, and CSU campus Senate Chairs.
RATIONALE: Two earlier resolutions approved by the ASCSU which provide context on the subject are AS-2895-09/APEP/AA: “Opposition to Impending Implementation of Early Start Programs,” and AS-2926-09/AA/APEP: “Recommendations regarding the Implementation of Mandatory Early Start programs.”
This resolution builds upon the earlier two resolutions, and expresses concern that implementation concerns with Early Start programs are likely to hamper student access and enrollment at CSU campuses, especially for underrepresented students, and urges the CSU Board of Trustees and the CSU Administration to take steps to alleviate those problems. Fiscal concerns include student affordability and need for financial assistance, necessity of students to work in the summer to support themselves and their families, faculty work and availability during the summer, inter campus transfer of funds, program funding, and diversion of resources from ongoing successful programs on campuses.
The resolution also calls for an assessment of both the academic and financial impact of Early Start programs.
Approved Unanimously –January 20-21, 2011