Implementation of CalStateTEACH
AS-2450-99/ad hoc committee on CalStateTEACH - May 6-7, 1999
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University extend its thanks to all California State University faculty who labored under extreme time pressure to author material and to those who volunteer generously their time and expertise to review and refine the curriculum and design for CalStateTEACH; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU receive and acknowledge the report of the Ad Hoc Committee to Review CalStateTEACH and endorse specific recommendations, numbers 1 through 8, as contained on pages 7 and 8 of the report; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Chancellors Office is not the appropriate place to develop curriculum, but given the urgent nature of Californias acute shortage of credentialed K-12 teachers, the Academic Senate CSU supports moving ahead with CalStateTEACH on a trial basis; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU approve the implementation of the CalStateTEACH program on an experimental basis for two cycles of the program with the proviso that the individuals responsible for the program report to the Senate on a frequent basis, through the Teacher Education and K-12 Relations Committee on the ongoing implementation and refinement of the program; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the learning support faculty be assigned no more than 15 students as a full-time load; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the individuals responsible for the program, in consultation with the Academic Senate Committee on Teacher Education and K-12 Relations (TEKR), conduct a thorough evaluation of the program by June 2002; and be it further
RESOLVED: That participation of individual campuses in CalStateTEACH is dependent upon approval by the faculty on those campuses using the established shared governance procedures; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU request that participating campuses, using their established shared governance procedures, review CalStateTEACH prior to March 1, 2000, to determine whether or not the campus will participate in the program; and be it further
RESOLVED: That lead campuses which do not approve participation in CalStateTEACH by established campus governance procedures accept no additional cohorts of students; and be it further
RESOLVED: That should no campuses approve CalStateTEACH, no further cohorts of students shall be accepted into the program; and be it further
RESOLVED: That approval of the implementation of the CalStateTEACH program on a trial basis by the Academic Senate CSU is not an endorsement of any future systemwide programs that involve curricula, degrees, or credentials.
RATIONALE: The state of California has experienced a significant shortage of credentialed teachers in the last five years with a resulting increase in the number of emergency permit teachers teaching the students in our schools. The CSU was awarded the funds to develop an open learning approach to earning a credential through an alternative credential program. The CalStateTEACH development staff has worked diligently under extreme time pressure to develop this program and has been responsive to Senate concerns during this process. This is a specific program to meet an emergency in K-12 education in California, and should not be seen as a precedent for future systemwide programs. This alternative credential program, and the funding that supports it, will supplement and not supplant existing campus-based credential programs. The CalStateTEACH curriculum has been approved by TEKR. The extreme time pressure has made it difficult for participating campuses to approve the program and curriculum in a timely fashion. Curriculum and program approval is, however, the responsibility of individual campus faculty and the program should not continue to be supported by any campus beyond its initial cycle if this approval is not forthcoming.
APPROVED WITHOUT DISSENT May 6-7, 1999