The Early Assessment Program (EAP) and Collaborations to
Increase the Academic Readiness of Graduating
High School Seniors

AS-2949-10/APEP (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) support
and commend the collaborative efforts begun in the fall of 2009 involving the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community Colleges to establish a more effectively aligned P-16 education system that will help all of California’s students graduate from high school ready for non-remedial, credit-bearing, baccalaureate work; and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU encourage continued support and collaboration with P-12 schools to increase the number of students who meet standards and academic proficiency before beginning credit bearing baccalaureate-level coursework; and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU urge the Chancellor to reconvene and, as necessary, reconstitute the EAP Advisory Committee; and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU support the findings of the Achieve* sponsored assessment of EAP, which state that:

  • EAP augmentations provide and contribute authentic college readiness tasks
    to the assessment of student’s postsecondary preparation;
  • Targeted improvements could be made in the Algebra II, Summative
    Mathematics, and English EAP to increase the balance and rigor of the items
    used to assess college readiness;
    and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Board of Trustees and the
Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Access and Retention.

RATIONALE: Resolution AS-2923-09/APEP (November 6, 2009) recognized and supported renewed efforts on the part of the Chancellor’s Office to identify and attempt to initiate improvements in the effectiveness of EAP.  In so doing, the expectation was that this work would lead to the identification of the preconditions necessary to achieve the goal set in the Board of Trustees’ 1996 resolution to reduce the percentage of regularly admitted new CSU freshmen needing remediation to 10%.  The work is well underway.

In 2008 the California Diploma Project (CDP) was launched.  With assistance from Achieve, an assessment concluded that EAP did provide students with an indicator of their readiness for “essential college-ready content identified by CSU faculty for entering credit-bearing coursework.”  

It is expected that a collaborative and comprehensive effort to help students get ready for college will be formalized with a statement to be signed by the leaders of the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges along with the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor.  In support of the use of EAP, the statement will indicate that the use of EAP does serve as a valid indicator of students' readiness for college-level work. 

It is important to note that the EAP was developed with extensive consultation and involvement of the CSU Academic Senate over the past six years.  The ASCSU has appointed CSU English and math faculty to represent the faculty in the development of the additional EAP questions and written essay.  Those faculty participated on California Department of Education content review panels that were responsible for writing the 11th grade California Standards Test.  At all steps, the English and Math Councils were involved in the development of the EAP as were the EPT and ELM Development Committees.  As such, EAP assessment represents the CSU indicator of student readiness for baccalaureate-level coursework within the CSU system.

* Achieve ( is an independent, non-profit education reform organization. In 2005, it launched the American Diploma Project (ADP)

Approved Without Dissent - May 6-7, 2010



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