Reaffirming the Role of Faculty in Initiatives for "Achieving the Baccalaureate Degree"

AS-2697-05/EX/AA - May 5-6, 2005

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) advise campus senates on their role in responding to the Board of Trustees' (BOT) action item for May 10-11, 2005, on "Recommended Items for Campus Plans for Facilitating Graduation," with special attention to the recommendations regarding General Education requirements; and be it further

RESOLVED: That in advising the campus senates, the Academic Senate CSU strongly reaffirm that the faculty have "primary responsibility" for the curriculum and that these BOT recommendations as regards the curriculum are advisory only; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU also advise the campus senates to take note of the academic principles that guide program design and other considerations, particularly student choice of courses, that affect student progress to graduation.

RATIONALE: This resolution directs the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate CSU to respond to the BOT action item, "Achieving the Baccalaureate Degree." We are particularly concerned that the BOT is directing the Presidents and faculty to implement the recommendations prior to consultation with the campus Academic Senates and without regard for the role of the faculty in determining the curriculum.

1 Collegial governance assigns primary responsibility to the faculty for the educational functions of the institution in accordance with basic policy as determined by the Board of Trustees. This includes admission and degree requirements, the curriculum and methods of teaching, academic and professional standards, and the conduct of creative and scholarly activities." Quoted from Report of the Board of Trustees' Ad Hoc Committee on Governance, Collegiality, and Responsibility in the California State University (adopted by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, September 1985).

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