Call for Consultation on Institutional Restructuring or
Redesign Initiatives

AS-2997-10/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) reaffirm the Higher Education Employee Relations Act (HEERA) which states that the faculty of the California State University (CSU) are to be consulted in matters of curriculum and instruction; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU support ongoing faculty efforts to design and review curricula and modes of instruction as needed to support disciplinary and CSU mission goals, and to meet the needs of CSU students and the public at large; and be it further,

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge that CSU campus senates and CSU campus administrators ensure that initiatives/projects directed toward institutional restructuring or redesign involve consultation with the appropriate discipline faculty and/or faculty governance bodies; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to the CSU Chancellor, the CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CSU campus presidents and provosts/VPAAs, CSU campus senate chairs, and AASCU.

RATIONALE: As stated in “Collegiality in the California State University System,” Section II of Principles and Policies: Papers of the Academic Senate, faculty, because of their scholarly expertise, have the primary responsibility in curricular decisions. From that responsibility, “[I]t follows that faculty should have the major voice in academic policy decisions which closely affect the curriculum, access to the curriculum, or the quality of the curriculum.” 1-Accordingly, in AS-2962-10/FA Opposition to Participation in the Zemsky-Finney Re-engineering the Undergraduate Curriculum Proposal, the ASCSU affirmed its support for CSU faculty efforts to redesign curricula based upon appropriate research and evidence, while at the same time expressing concern about the Zemsky-Finney Re-engineering the Undergraduate Curriculum model of curriculum review. The Red Balloon Project is another curricular redesign model under consideration by some CSU campuses. 2-The project was developed by AASCU to re-imagine and then redesign higher education for the 21st century. The project is national in scope, and of interest to faculty, proposes new models of institutional organization and design (new departmental and college structures), faculty workload (different kinds of faculty work and the use of part-time faculty, curriculum (limiting degrees to 120 hours, interdisciplinary programs, new designs for general education), course design (reduced seat time, student-centered learning, undergraduate research, project-based learning), and Instructional Design (new forms of student engagement, use of technology in teaching, distance education).3-As the Zemsky-Finney and Red Balloon initiatives have clear curricular and instructional implications, the ASCSU is urging that CSU campus senates and campus administrators ensure that as these or similar restructuring models are considered, consultation with appropriate discipline faculty and/or shared governance bodies takes place.

Approved - January 20-21, 2011

1- Academic Senate California State University, Principles and Policies: Papers of the Academic Senate, Volume II, Section II, 1999: 35-
36, (accessed January 21, 2011).
2 - See Red Balloon Participant List at the project’s website,
(accessed January 18, 2011).
3 - George L. Mehaffey, “The Red Balloon Project: Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education,” (accessed November 4, 2010).

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