CSU Involvement in the WICHE Passport Project
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) affirm that its involvement in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Passport conversations is not an endorsement of, nor an indication of intent to become a signatory to the Passport project; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU request that the CSU Administration clearly communicate, in writing, to the WICHE leadership that they not suggest in any format that the CSU will accept Passport outcomes as a basis for articulation; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU request that WICHE not suggest in any format that the CSU will accept Passport outcomes as a basis for articulation (e.g., being listed as a participating institution on the Passport Project website while participating institution is defined as a system or institution that will accept passport based articulation) ; and be it further
RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to the WICHE Leadership and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Ephraim Smith.
RATIONALE: The ASCSU is the formal policy-recommending body on system-wide academic, professional and academic personnel matters for the California State University System (Constitution of the ASCSU). As stewards of the curriculum, the ASCSU is on record as protecting the autonomy of the Universities that compose the CSU system and has a history of concerns over potential external inputs into the curriculum (cf., Opposition to Participation in the Zemsky-Finney Re-engineering the Undergraduate Curriculum Proposal, AS-2962-10/FA). The WICHE (Western Intersegmental Commission on Higher Education) Passport Project has a stated goal to allow bulk transfer of GE certification via the “Passport.” As currently proposed, the Passport does not allow signatory institutions to independently evaluate Passportrelated
outcomes at transfer. If the CSU were to become a signatory to the Passport project, the implication is that the CSU would be agreeing to Passport transfer and thus would hold external agencies and/or institutions to a lower standard for systemic transfer than California-based institutions
There are advantages to professional development, curricular expertise, and curricular development that occur as a result of participating in WICHE Passport discussions. Thus, this resolution is not intended to halt participation in this or related initiatives, rather to make explicit our concerns regarding becoming a “signatory” to the Passport project. What is of most concern to the ASCSU is that WICHE web-based materials conflate participation in discussions concerning passport-type outcomes with adoption of, and acceptance of, passport-based articulation. The ASCSU advocates for the former but not the latter.
Unanimously – May 14, 2015