Support for the CSU Project on Lower-division Requirements
in Majors (POL)
AS-2637-04/EX/AA - January 22-23, 2004
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University
(CSU) thank those CSU faculty members who have participated in the CSU Project
on Lower-division Requirements in Majors (POL); and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the Project on
Lower-division Requirements in Majors.
RATIONALE: Some five years ago, the Academic Senate CSU
began a partnership with the Academic Affairs Division of the Chancellor's
Office of the CSU that was originally called the lower-division core
alignment project and that has more recently been designated as the CSU
Project on Lower-division Requirements in Majors (POL).
POL is designed to:
POL brings together representatives of each academic discipline in the CSU to
discuss the lower-division components (both prerequisites and required courses)
of their major, to clarify those lower-division components, and to seek
consensus across the CSU on which lower-division components are appropriate.
One goal is to create a body of information for community college students
that will permit them to select appropriate lower-division courses that will
be accepted as meeting lower-division requirements in their major at any CSU
campus. Another goal is to ensure that transfer students are fully prepared
to begin upper-division work in their major as soon as they arrive in the CSU.
- assist students in their completion of the required lower-division
components of their major prior to transferring from a community college
to a CSU campus or from one CSU campus to another;
- enhance ongoing efforts to develop a seamless transition between
community colleges and the CSU through articulation agreements and
CAN numbers, and
- address legislative concerns regarding the efficiency of the
transfer process as it affects student learning and success.
During their first few terms after entering college, a significant number of
community college students may not have decided to which CSU campus they will
apply for transfer, or they may find later that they need to apply to several
CSU campuses because of impaction. By seeking the widest possible consensus
on the required lower-division components of majors, POL seeks to:
Success for POL is likely to address another current problem for both the
community colleges and the CSU: the need to move students through the two
systems more expeditiously, with fewer units above the number required for
graduation, as a way of freeing up space in both systems for students who
may otherwise be turned away due to problems of capacity-both physical
capacity and the financial capacity to staff classes with instructors.
- expedite transfer,
- facilitate retention and graduation rates through better preparation
of students for success in the CSU,
- help those community college students who plan to transfer to avoid
taking courses that do not articulate with the requirements of their
baccalaureate degree program, and
- help community college students to avoid accumulating unnecessary units
that exceed the limits for transfer credit.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY - January 22-23, 2004