Recommendations Related to Nursing Preparation

AS-3154-13/AA (Rev)

ATTACHMENT TO AS-3154-13/AA (Rev) 

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) encourage the Office of the Chancellor to communicate further with affected departments that:

a. Executive Order (EO) 1084 (System-wide Nursing Policy), Attachment A, does not require that EO 1084-assigned nursing preparation courses be certified as meeting General Education (GE) requirements for non-nursing students, and

b. EO 1084, Attachment A does require that nursing students be awarded General Education (GE) credit for the courses listed therein

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend past and encourage future action by associate deans and others to provide effective advising and enrollment management for ursing and “pre-nursing” programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage the Office of the Chancellor to continue to advocate for financial and political support for programs leading to appropriate baccalaureate-level nursing training at four-year institutions; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage campus senates to support “pre-nursing” students who are not admitted to nursing programs by such actions as:

a. Developing a Human Biological Sciences degree (cf., CSU Bakersfield) or similar program to accommodate those students with allied health interests;

b. Exploring the appropriateness of GE credit for the nursing prerequisite courses in chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, and/or microbiology either for all students or for those identified as “pre-nursing”;

c. Providing mandatory intrusive advising for those students who are pursuing pre-nursing programs of study but are unlikely to succeed in nursing (e.g., grade-based prerequisites on subsequent courses, limited course repetitions).

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, CSU campus articulation officers, Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS), and Directors of Nursing Programs.

RATIONALE: The release of Executive Order 1084 (“System-wide Nursing Policy”) has been interpreted as requiring that individual campuses add GE equivalencies to various courses listed in EO 1084 Appendix A. Subsequent conversations have revealed that this was not the intent of EO 1084 Appendix A.

California needs additional baccalaureate-educated nurses. There are constraints on the number of nursing graduates by virtue of program cost and capacity. Reductions to the CSU budget have further constrained the ability of the CSU to graduate nurses.

Demand for entrance into nursing programs exceeds capacity. While we do acknowledge that much work has been done to ameliorate this demand through better advising and finding more appropriate pathways for those who are unlikely to meet nursing program impaction requirements, there remain a very large number of “pre-nursing” students who will not be matriculated into a nursing program. The ASCSU is concerned that these students be treated in a manner that acknowledges these students’ efforts while also protecting course availability for other students (e.g., by limiting the number of times courses might be repeated, by providing GE credit for life sciences work that a campus perceives as legitimately meeting GE requirements, and/or by enforcing appropriate prerequisite performance requirements for pre-nursing and nursing courses).

Note: "Intrusive advising" as referenced in Resolved 2 can be defined as proactive academic advising that uses intervention strategies mandating advising contacts for students who otherwise might not seek advising. (c.f.

Approved Unanimously – January 23, 2014



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