Support for Initiatives in General Education: The Compass Project and the “Assessing General Education Under EO 1033”
Conference (October 2011)


WHEREAS: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) laud the efforts of the faculty, staff and administration involved in the Compass Project to increase the engagement and academic progress of both CSU students and California Community College students preparing to transfer to the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU encourage each campus to send a delegation including faculty to the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL)-sponsored conference on the assessment of general education student outcomes to be held in Berkeley October 26-29, 2011, in conjunction with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Retreat on Assessment in Practice; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU acknowledge and commend Ken O’Donnell, Associate State University Dean, Academic Programs and Policy, and Debra David, Compass Project Director, for their efforts to secure outside funding to support the Compass project and related initiatives designed to improve the educational attainments of our students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to the CSU Board of Trustees, Campus Presidents, Campus Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, and Campus Senate Chairs.

RATIONALE: EO 1033,, issued in 2008, mandates that campuses establish and assess the attainment of student learning outcomes. Both the Compass Project and the ITL GE assessment conference are valuable resources to CSU campuses as they attempt to meet these mandates on behalf of their students. The Compass Project has also included our California Community College colleagues in these efforts. The ASCSU has previously passed "Support of the Give Students a Compass Project AS-2870-08/AA (Rev),
The work of Dean O'Donnell and Director David with outside foundations and agencies, largely on their own initiative, to raise funds to support Compass during these unusually difficult budgetary times have resulted in sorely-needed resources to fund local faculty innovation and collaboration.

Approved Unanimously– September 16, 2011

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