By LARRY GORDON AND MIKHAIL ZINSHTEYN, EdSource
California State University faculty is rebelling against recently announced changes in remedial education and math requirements at the 23-campus system and wants delays of at least a year.
So far the university’s administration shows no indication of slowing down. But if the university’s governing board agrees with the faculty, one of the most ambitious education reform efforts in California higher education in decades could be delayed or overhauled.
A resolution passed by the system’s Academic Senate sharply criticized CSU administration’s actions last month that seek to reform student placement in remedial and math education. The reforms would end the use of those courses that don’t count for degrees and allow some students to fulfill math requirements that don’t require mastery of Algebra II skills.
The faculty document said the discussions with professors before adopting the executive orders were “severely time-constrained” and the overall process was “flawed.” The university’s goals of starting to implement changes next fall “suggest the administration is more attuned to the pressures of outside forces than to the needs of its students and continuing faculty efforts to meet those needs,” the resolution said.
CSU chancellor Timothy White does not have to agree to the faculty request that implementation be delayed at least a year to “at earliest fall 2019.” And on Tuesday, administrators said they do not plan to change course although they promised to consult more with faculty.
“The policy changes recently announced by the California State University were developed with one key goal in mind: enhancing academic pathways to ensure student success. I appreciate the discussion and feedback provided by the Academic Senate on those changes, and acknowledge awareness of the resolution they have passed,” Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, said in a statement Tuesday. He pledged to review the faculty resolution closely and respond to the Academic Senate soon.
“I am confident we can work collaboratively to implement these and other changes that will continue to keep the California State University focused on student success and faculty excellence and among the top institutions of higher education in the U.S.,” he said.
The controversy is expected to be discussed at least briefly at Wednesday’s meeting of the CSU trustees when…