CSU Los Angeles Academic Senate Resolution 2926

31 08 2010

WHEREAS      The Academic Senate of the California State University, Los Angeles (AS-CSULA) fully supports the commitments expressed by the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) in AS-2895-09/APEP/AA (“Opposition to Impending Implementation of Mandatory Early Start Programs”) and in AS-2926-09/AA/APEP (“Recommendations Regarding the Implementation of Mandatory Early Start Programs”); and

WHEREAS      The AS-CSULA acknowledges and values the regional character of individual campuses and the diversity of their student populations, and affirms the necessity of diverse campus approaches to moving fully qualified first-time freshmen (FTF) who require additional skill acquisition (remediation) in English or mathematics to achieve proficiency either prior to, or during, their first year of enrollment; be it

RESOLVED    That the AS-CSULA opposes the implementation of “early start” programs as a pre-condition for enrollment at CSULA campus; and be it further

RESOLVED    That the AS-CSULA urges that prior to any implementation the CSU ensure that serious attention be paid to the financial consequences–both to campuses and to individual students–resulting from the various “early start” approaches; and be it further

RESOLVED    That the AS-CSULA opposes the use of tests, such as the ELM and the EPT, which were originally designed as placement instruments, to either grant or deny otherwise qualified first-time freshmen (FTF) admission to CSULA; and be it further

RESOLVED    That the AS-CSULA, steadfast in its belief that the faculty are responsible for developing, delivering and assessing curriculum, urges that CSU faculty be fully engaged in the planning, teaching, and evaluating of any “early start” pilot programs and that CSULA faculty be fully engaged in any planning, teaching, and evaluating of CSULA “early start” programs; and be it further

RESOLVED    That such “early start” pilot programs supplement but not supplant already existing, successful models of proficiency attainment at CSULA and other campuses; and that the success of the pilot programs themselves be assessed over time to determine their effects upon such factors as retention rates and progress toward degree before the CSU considers mandating adoption of any “early-start” models system-wide; and be it further

RESOLVED    That the AS-CSULA distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the Office of the Chancellor, the Chair of the Academic Senate of the CSU, campus Presidents, Provosts and Senate Chairs, the Chair of the English Council of the CSU, and the Chair of the Mathematics Council of the CSU.

The resolution passed unanimously on March 2, 2010.

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