Request to the Board of Trustees to Delay Action on Recommended Changes to the Title 5 “American Institutions” Graduation Requirement until Its November 2011 Meeting


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) respectfully request that the Board of Trustees defer action on the recommended changes to Title 5 “American Institutions” graduation requirement from July until its November 2011 meeting in order to provide sufficient time for faculty, given the variability of campus academic calendars, to examine the proposed changes and to explore and make recommendations for ensuring compliance with SB 1440; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm its historic commitment “to provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally, and professionally” and “to prepare significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture, and future” enshrined in the mission of the California State University and codified in Title 5, California Administrative Code; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize that several campus senates (Chico, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San José, San Marcos, Sonoma,), have already passed resolutions and several more campus senates are preparing resolutions (Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Maritime, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus) requesting a delay in
action by the Board of Trustees on the proposed change to Title 5 “American Institution” Graduation Requirement in order to allow for proper faculty consultation; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCU send copies of this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, campus presidents, campus senate chairs, CSU provosts/Vice
Presidents Academic Affairs.

RATIONALE: Legislation was passed in 2010 authorizing the CSU to offer Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees. Implementation of these practice doctoral degrees will require additions to the current Title 5, California Code of Regulations. These additions include a description of the DPT degree, DPT degree requirements, a description of the DPT core curriculum, criteria for admission to DPT degree programs, development of a student handbook, and a description of the doctoral project. Such additions are appropriate, but language in Title 5 relative to qualifying examination and oral defense of the doctoral project should be revised so that the two are mandatory rather than permissive. The changes align the DPT with the DNP and with other doctoral programs (e.g. the Ed.D). Proposed changes to Title 5, California Code of Regulations are attached to this resolution.

The CSUs long-standing commitment to the American Institutions graduation requirement is being called into question because of the presumption that it will prevent CSU campuses from complying with the provisions of the 2010 Student Transfer Achievement Reform (SB 1440), which stipulates that no transfer student completing an approved Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) consisting of 60 units – including CSU General Education Breadth requirements and at least 18 units of coursework meeting disciplinary or major-specific requirements – may be required to take more than 60 units at the CSU in order to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. While the ASCSU supports efforts to ensure the timely matriculation of transfer students at the CSU, it considers the proposed changes to Title 5 premature. The request to delay Board action until November 2011 will not adversely affect the implementation of any TMC or student matriculation.

Approved Unanimously – May 5-6, 2011

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