Chancellor’s Response to AS-3230-15-APEP/AA Establishing a Task Force on the Requirements of CSU General Education (GE) Mathematics/Quantitative
Reasoning (B4) Credit
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm the primacy of the faculty role in curricular matters as specified in Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), articulated in the “Report of the Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Collegiality and Responsibility in the California State University,” and embodied in accepted California State University (CSU) shared governance practices; and be it further
That the ASCSU express concern about the Chancellor’s Office Response to AS-3230-15/APEP/AA Establishing a Task Force on the Requirements of CSU General Education (GE) Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) Credit, which implies that the ASCSU faculty voice is one among many, rather than the most significant, “stakeholder” in curriculum design as it relates to CSU quantitative reasoning requirements; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor’s Office to revise its response to clarify the faculty’s primacy over curriculum; and be it further
RESOLVED: That as the CSU addresses the larger questions about student success and the inter-segmental alignment of curriculum across disciplines and segments alluded to in the Chancellor’s Office Response to AS-3230-15/APEP/AA, the ASCSU urge the CSU administration to prioritize shared governance bodies as the source of leadership, coordination and final recommendation for such efforts; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, and CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs.
RATIONALE: The Chancellor’s Office Response to AS-3230-15/APEP/AA agrees with the need for further discussion of the GE B4 quantitative reasoning standard, given the recommendation of the Chancellor’s General Education Advisory Committee that the pilot for the use of alternative pathways for the GE B4 requirement be extended for another three years. The response situates the task force in the context of a transition in math instruction as reflected in the complex and in-flux environment of pre-college instruction, Common Core/Smarter Balance, intersegmental alignment and transfer, and student success. It ends with the statement, “In view of the range of issues and stakeholders, we expect that there will be other groups adding to this discussion. The work of the proposed Task Force will make an important contribution to the overall review of the subject and its future direction.”
The ASCSU appreciates the Chancellor’s Office recognition of the significance of the task force and the work it will undertake. However, the overall response and especially the last two sentences of their response can be interpreted to mean that the faculty is only one of many groups that will impact the discussion of GE B4 quantitative reasoning standards and the larger conversation about math instruction currently underway. Consistent with HEERA and CSU shared governance practices, the faculty should be the most important voice in such curricular and academic standard discussions.
Full text of Chancellor’s Office Response to AS-3230-15/APEP/AA available at: http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/co_response/documents/September3-42015ASCSUCSUCO_Responses.pdf
HEERA, Section 3561 is available at: http://www.perb.ca.gov/laws/heera.aspx
Report of the Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Collegiality and Responsibility in the California State University (September 1985) is available at: https://web.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/grad_undergrad/senate/governance/documents/rpt2BOT-collegialityresponsibility.pdf
Approved – November 6, 2015