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AS-3284-17/APEP (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate California State University (ASCSU) urge the CSU to stop using completion of General Education Area B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) and/or the completion of an associate degree for transfer from a California community college as a proxy for intermediate algebra competency; and be it further


RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to CSU Chancellor White, CSU Provosts, CSU Senate Chairs, Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges, Chancellor’s Office, California Community Colleges, and Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS).

RATIONALE:  Neither (i) the statistics pilot projects authorized within the CSU to award Area B4 credit in GE nor (ii) future application of the “foundational mathematics requirement” advocated for within the CSU Quantitative Reasoning Task Force as a base for future Area B4 course development, are likely to yield complete coverage of those elements included within the scope of content commonly referred to as “intermediate algebra.” Despite a stated pre-requisite relationship of intermediate algebra to GE Area B4 credit (cf., EO 1100), this resolution seeks to undo the automatic assumption that Area B4 credit necessarily means that CSU expectations for prerequisite competency in “intermediate algebra” have been met (i.e., some additional coursework or mathematical competency may need to be developed in order to fully achieve the mathematical competency and quantitative reasoning expectations of a particular CSU program – implementing an intermediate algebra prerequisite [e.g., via assessment] could be within the purview of the individual program).


We note that current transfer admission requirements (see includes the requirement that:

• The applicant must complete one transferable course (CSU GE category B4) with a grade of C- or better in mathematics or quantitative reasoning. The mathematics course is expected to have intermediate algebra as a prerequisite unless completion of category B is certified or the student has earned an Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College.

While this admission statement implicitly separates the completion of B4 from competency in algebra, the intent of this resolution is to further clarity the existence of the division between B4 and the currently listed “normative” prerequisite of intermediate algebra.


This resolution highlights the need for appropriate advising in program-specific B4 choices so that students are prepared to meet the quantitative requirements of their degree program.



Approved Unanimously – March 16-17, 2017






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