ERIC Number: ED395627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Scope, Implications, and Impact: The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' Response to the Proposed CSU Policy To Eliminate Remedial Education for Entering Undergraduate Students.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.
In November 1994, the California State University (CSU) system developed a proposal to eliminate remedial education for entering undergraduate students, offering this proposal as a solution to raise the system's standards. However, the CSU has presented no research showing evidence of the problem that the proposal is intended to solve. Further, while the CSU presumably holds K-12 and community colleges accountable for the availability of students prepared to enter college-level English and Math, the system has not held itself responsible for accurately determining the status of enrolled students. Placement tests used by the CSU to determine students in need of remediation do not reflect state standards set for English and mathematics curricula, with only approximately one-third of the students taking the English and approximately one-fourth of the students taking the mathematics placement test in 1993 performing at college-ready levels. It is uncertain whether the system has the authority to unilaterally make such a programming decision, and the process was undertaken without coordination with other segments of public education in California. Finally, implementation of the proposal would have a considerable impact on the number of students seeking remedial coursework at the community colleges, placing further strain on resources at the colleges, and could affect diversity at CSU campuses. Recommendations for addressing these issues are included. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Accountability, Admission Criteria, Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Economic Impact, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Remedial Instruction, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Academic Senate.