Call for Continued Intersegmental Collaboration on the Implementation of AB 1295 (Fuller) – Postsecondary Education Nursing Degree Programs
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) call for continued intersegmental collaboration on the implementation of AB 1295 (Fuller) – Postsecondary Education Nursing Degree Programs; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the California Community Colleges (CCC) to advise students to complete either CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for lower division CCC nursing general education requirements; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to Assemblymember Fuller, the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, campus Presidents, campus Provosts, campus Senate Chairs, California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, and Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges.
RATIONALE: AB1295 added Section 89267.5 to the California Education Code related to nursing degree programs. Section 2 of this legislation (see attachment to this report) mandated that the CSU Chancellor implement articulated nursing degree transfer pathways between the CCC and the CSU prior to the start of the 2012-2013 Academic Year. The legislation additionally required that CSU campuses shall not require Associated Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students to complete any duplicative courses either required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for nursing licensure, or the CCC associate degree in nursing and that CSU campuses shall not require ADN to BSN students who have taken prerequisite courses at CCC to earn the associate degree in nursing to take the same courses at the CSU.
The AB1295 Implementation Workgroup was established in the Fall, 2009 to address issues related to implementation of the law by 2012-2013. Comprised of members including nursing leaders, nursing directors, and nursing faculty members from both the CCC and the CSU as well as members of the CSU and CCC Chancellor's Office staff, the workgroup has been meeting regularly since 2009. The AB1295 Implementation Workgroup examined challenges in the development of streamlined transfer pathways including standardization of nursing pre-requisite courses, nursing pre-licensure curricula (as mandated by the California Board of Registered Nursing), collaborative working relationships between CSU and the CCC nursing programs, and seamless transfer of lower division general education courses from the CCC to the CSU. The need for the CCC streamlined lower division general education requirements was identified in early workgroup discussions. CSU nursing directors and faculty noted problems associated with the transfer of lower division general education courses from the CCC. Individual community college general education requirements were noted to result in either students requesting transfer to the CSU with many more units than those necessary for transfer or for many students, the need to complete additional lower division general education courses required for CSU nursing baccalaureate programs.
In summary, the AB1295 Workgroup has identified challenges in the development of the seamless transfer pathways mandated in AB1295. Nursing directors and nursing faculty in both the CSU and the CCC continue efforts to standardize all nursing pre-requisite courses, ensure that students transferring from associate degree programs are not completing duplicative pre-licensure nursing courses, and support nursing program collaboratives. The development of effective articulated nursing degree transfer pathways is made difficult by a lack of CCC systemwide general education requirements. Changes made to ensure that all CCC associate degree nursing programs utilize CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements would serve to facilitate the development of such articulated transfer pathways.
Approved Unanimously –January 20-21, 2011