Designation and Compilation of Course Modalities

AS-3169-14/AA (Rev)

ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-3169-14/AA (Rev)
ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-3169-14/AA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University recommend that a modality designation be attached to every course taught in the CSU by the fall of 2016, and that this information be readily available to students prior to registration; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recommend that the CSU Office of the Chancellor provide a system-wide database for its campuses to designate modalities in course offerings, in order to maximize the potential for system-wide cross-enrollment, and allow for better assessment of learning across all modes of course delivery in the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU suggest the following designations for modality of instruction

Abbreviation Modality
FT Face-to-Face, Traditional: Instruction occurs in real time
(synchronously), with student(s) and faculty physically present in the same location.
FO Face-to-Face, Online: Instruction occurs in real time
(synchronously), with student(s) and faculty present via technology (e.g. television, tele-conference, video-conference or chat).
LO Local, Online: Instruction occurs over the Internet (asynchronously). Scheduled face-to-face meetings may be required for orientation and student evaluation.
RO Remote, Online: Instruction occurs over the Internet
(asynchronously). Students do not need to be on campus for any portion of coursework.
HY Hybrid: A course offering that combines FT and FO/LO/RO. To be considered hybrid, a course will meet via FO/LO/RO for roughly 25%-75% of class sessions.
FL Flexible: Course allows for more than one modality; students choose the modality (or modalities) suiting their needs from instructor-identified options.

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU Academic Technology Services, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU campus Senate Executive Committees, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, CSU campus articulation
officers, California Faculty Association, (CFA), Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, Academic Senate of the University of California, California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, University of California Board of Regents, and Assembly member Marc Levine.

RATIONALE: AB 386 (September 2013, Levine D-San Rafael; Public postsecondary education: online-enrollment: online education at the California State University) requires that students enrolled at a CSU campus be allowed to take online courses offered at other CSU campuses without requiring additional fees or formal admission to the campus offering the course. To achieve that goal, the legislation requires that by January 1, 2015, the California State University, among other things, establish a uniform series of definitions for online enrollment for the CSU and an easily accessible online database of online courses available at all CSU campuses to provide CSU students with a streamlined process within the CSU system to allow them to find and enroll in courses that will earn them credit toward graduation, general education and major requirements (Legislative Counsel’s Digest). After a thorough survey (attached) of existing course modalities across the CSU, the Academic Affairs Committee offered these definitions and recommendations to ensure that students have useful information prior to registration. 

Approved Unanimously– May 16, 2014


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