Towards an Evidence-Based Culture in Establishing
Academic Policies and Initiatives

AS-3103-13/APEP (Rev)

RESOLVED: That Academic Senate of the CSU (ASCSU) urge that CSU initiatives and policies be
grounded in research and available evidence; and be it further

RESOLVED: That all academic policy proposals under consideration by the administration, the Board
of Trustees, and senates, particularly those intended to improve student success and
expedite student progress toward degree, be grounded in research-based evidence
relevant to the demographic profile of our student population; and be it further

RESOLVED: That, where appropriate, when initiatives and policies are proposed or implemented that
they be piloted and evaluated for their intended and unintended consequences on CSU
students before considering systemwide adoption; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to:

  • CSU Board of Trustees,
  • CSU Chancellor,
  • CSU Provosts,
  • CSU campus Presidents,
  • Council of Campus Senate Chairs,
  • Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Ephraim Smith,
  • Executive Vice Chancellor of Business & Finance, Benjamin Quillian,
  • Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Gail Brooks and
  • Vice Chancellor for University Relations & Advancement, Garrett Ashley
  • RATIONALE: RATIONALE: Campuses have been working to achieve the goals set by the Graduation
    Initiative to raise graduation rates eight percent by 2015-16 and reduce by half, the
    existing gap in degree attainment by the CSU’s under-represented minority students.
    Some of the recent initiatives and policies proposed by the CSU (e.g., the proposal to
    significantly increase the cost to those students that have accumulated in excess of 150
    units, that need to repeat a course, and/or enroll in more than 16 units) may have
    unintended consequences, such as delaying graduation for these students or
    discouraging students from completing their degrees.
    The CSU community, faculty, staff and administrators are all strong supporters and
    advocates for student success; this is not in question. Proposed initiatives and policies
    should be piloted and examined to identify the actual benefits and costs.

    Approved Without Dissent– November 9, 2012


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