Action in Response to Education Code Section 66205.8 Regarding the Applicability of High School Career Technical Education Courses Towards CSU Eligibility

AS-3052-12/APEP (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) recommend that the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees adopt the joint UC/CSU criteria and processes (as described in the attached “policy recommendation” and rationale) regarding the applicability of high school Career Technical Education (CTE) courses vis-à-vis CSU eligibility; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU note and appreciate the legislatures’ acknowledgement — instantiated as 66205.8(b)(2)(C) stemming from Senate Bill 147 (passed September 8, 2009) — of the primacy of the role of the faculty in determining curricular standards appropriate for admission into the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU note its concern regarding the further bifurcation of freshmen eligibility standards between the California State University and the University of California (UC) systems stemming from this legislative mandate; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage the Office of the Chancellor to pursue remuneration for implementation costs (e.g., staff, overhead, technological infrastructure, continuing assessment costs) from appropriate sources, some of which are identified in the original legislation.

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU the Board of Trustees, the Admissions Advisory Committee, Assembly members Bill Berryhill, Marty Block, Isadore Hall, Jared Huffman, and Anthony Portantino; California State Senators Mark DeSaulnier, Darrell Steinberg, Elaine Alquist, Mark Wyland, and Leland Yee; Chair, Senate Education Committee (Senator Alan Lowenthal);
Chair, Assembly Education Committee Assembly member Julia Brownley; Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), UC; and the UC, Senate Chair

RATIONALE: California Education Code Section 51228 holds school districts maintaining any of grades 7 to 12 (inclusive) to offer a course of study fulfilling the requirements and prerequisites for CSU or UC admission (for a current list of requirements, see: a-gMatrix2011-12.pdf).

As of January of 2012, the CSU and UC share the list of high school “a-g” courses ( Education Code 66205.8 requires the CSU to identify a process and criteria by which area “g” (general elective) courses might be met by high school level career technical education courses. This resolution meets the requirements of setting standards and criteria for the adoption of such courses. Explicitly, the CSU list of career technical education courses for potential consideration will now include those courses for which the UC does not have an associated program of study and thus are not eligible for consideration of existing intersegmental (UC/CSU) “a-g” approval.

Failure to act to establish the standards and criteria under 66205.8 would yield faculty responsibility for admission standards and criteria to school board superintendents across California as, under 66205.8 (b)(2)(e), failure to act by January 1, 2014 would mean that, in the absence of action, “the Trustees of the California State University shall recognize the completion of all high school career technical education courses that meet the model curriculum standards established pursuant to Section 51226 as satisfying the completion of a general elective course requirement for the purposes of admission to the university.”

At the current time the UC/CSU intersegmental “a-g” approval process identifies, and will continue to identify, those courses that the process flags as of potential interest to the CSU but would not be applicable for UC admissions.

Approved Unanimously – March 15-16, 2012

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