Acceptance of the ICAS Statement on Preparation in Natural Science Expected
of Entering Freshman
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) accept theStatement on Competencies in the Natural Sciences Expected of Entering Freshmenas revised (2015) and approved by the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS); and be it further
That the ASCSU commend the task force members, who were drawn from the faculty of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California for their efforts to develop a statement which reflects Next Generation Science Standards and which provides a greater focus on learning outcomes; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to ICAS, CSU Board of Trustees, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, CSU Deans of Colleges of Education, CSU Deans of College of Natural Sciences, CSU Admissions Advisory Council, and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
RATIONALE: Through its competency Statements, ICAS seeks to advise California high school students and their families what kind of intellectual preparation is necessary for success in California higher education, no matter which segment a student may elect to attend. “Statement on Competencies in the Natural Sciences Expected of Entering Freshmen”
(http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Reports/NaturallSciences_ICAS.pdf) was recently revised and approved by ICAS. Why does ICAS create these statements? The Statement is particularly noteworthy because it reflects Next Generation Science Standards and provides a greater focus on learning outcomes than the previous Statement. The work of the task force merits recognition, and the cooperative undertaking to reach agreement among all three public higher education segments regarding student competencies in the natural sciences is laudable.
Approved Unanimously – January 21-22, 2016