Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Reducing CSU Remediation
Needs to Negligible Levels

AS-3008-11/APEP (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) recommend the
development of a strategic plan that would identify the comprehensive system of strategies that would be needed to reduce to negligible levels the number of students accepted to California State University (CSU) campuses who would require developmental work in Reading/Writing and Mathematics; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU request the establishment of a strategic planning group by Executive
Vice Chancellor/Chief Academic Officer Smith to include representatives of constituencies essential to the development, implementation and ultimately the success of the goals to be specified in such a comprehensive plan: and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that the constituencies include, but not be limited to, the

  • English Council
  • Math Council
  • Early Assessment Program Leadership Groups
  • English Placement Test and Entry Level Mathematics Examination Development
  • Community College – Basic Skill Initiative Faculty and Administrators
  • Campus-level faculty and administrators currently partnering with area high schools
    in the implementation of developmental strategies
  • High School Partners working with campus-level Faculty and Administrators
  • Office of the Chancellor administrators involved in any of the current initiatives
    intended to reduce the need for remediation
  • Early Start Implementation Task Force

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that this strategic planning group clearly define the scope
of issues that will be addressed and specify the goals that would need to be met to ensure success of each strategy; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that the comprehensive system of strategies be used as a
roadmap of long-term strategies that should be undertaken, but realize that such efforts are constrained by both the availability of resources as well as an infrastructure of support necessary to implement, assess and adapt each strategy as needed; and be it

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to, Chancellor Reed, CSU Board of Trustees,
Math Council, English Council, CSU Remediation Group, Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Board of Education

RATIONALE: To date, efforts intended to address the “remediation” problem have been well-intended but have been developed in a piecemeal fashion. Each effort has dealt with some facet of the problem, but has not been able to provide for significant results in the aggregate levels of remediation of needs of incoming students. This resolution requests that the CSU undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process that will identify not only the scope of the macro-level issues that must be addressed, but also identify a plan that will comprehensively address all of what must be done to reduce remediation needs to negligible levels.

The ASCSU is encouraged by, and appreciative of, the comprehensive analysis provided by Dr. Ephraim Smith, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Teacher Education and Public School Programs, and Eric Forbes, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Support in the Early Start report “Update on Implementation of the California State University Early Start and Early Assessment Program” presented to the Board of Education at its January 25-26, 2011 meeting. The report identifies the range of issues that must be addressed if the intended goals associated with the Early Start initiative are to be achieved. This systematic approach identifies areas that must be addressed if the Early Start initiative is to have any chance at successfully meeting its goals. This parallels the intent of this resolution, namely, to take a similar approach in developing a systematic strategic plan that would address our remediation needs.

Clearly, all segments (K-12 school districts, California Community Colleges, and the California State University System) live with the reality of limited resources along with the lack of infrastructure needed, in most cases, to support solutions to the various problems that each face. It is in this context that these recommendations are made. The ASCSU does not expect that this plan would serve as a mandate (unfunded or otherwise) to any of the segments. The ASCSU does realize, however, that such a systematic approach is necessary if we are to achieve the goal of reducing remediation needs to negligible levels. The ASCSU also understands the need to engage in close collaboration with representatives of all stakeholder groups who are a necessary and integral part of the solution.

Approved Without Dissent – March 17-18, 2011

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