November 2019 ASCSU Plenary Report

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The following report is intended to update you on some the important happenings in the statewide academic senate.

ASCSU Chair’s Report November 2019

ASCSU Resolutions

The ASCSU passed two resolutions during the November 2019 plenary. Copies of these and other resolutions can be found at

    1. Increasing Access and Success Through Additional Preparation in Quantitative Reasoning. This resolution supports an amended proposal that again will be before the Board next week as an information item, designed to increase the quantitative reasoning preparation of incoming freshmen. The resolution urges both support for teacher preparation in this area and flexibility in implementing the requirement for students attending high schools, which are unable to support the requirement with appropriate course offerings. Passed.
    2. Land Acknowledgment and Statement. (Introduced by Senator Lopez-Littleton, CSUMB, Faculty Affairs Committee). This resolution acknowledges that many CSU facilities are located on traditional Native American lands and encourages the CSU to incorporate acknowledgment of this fact in their formal senate meetings. Passed with dissent.
  1. We introduced the following resolutions that will be considered for adoption at our January plenary. Copies of these resolutions should be available shortly for campus review.
    1. Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Within the Academic Senate CSU urges the creation of such a committee to examine many of our practices for potential adverse impacts on equity, diversity and inclusion with the expectation that there will be annual reports to the Executive Committee of their findings. (This effort was headed by CSUMB Senators Scott Waltz and Vanessa Lopez-Littleton.)
    2. Creating a Holistic and Humane Educational Environment in the California State University (CSU) is a request to the system to focus on creating such an environment to support student learning.
    3. Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement recommends the adoption of related system-wide learning outcomes and curricular guidelines. (These outcomes and guidelines are found at the end of this report.)

Feedback on​​​​ ASCSU​ Resolution: Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement

The Academic Affairs (AA) Committee introduced in first reading AS-3403-19/AA Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement.  The resolution lays out learning outcomes and an implementation framework for a systemwide ethnic studies graduation requirement.

The resolution is posted here.  ​​Any suggested change to the resolution must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee prior to January 15, 2020 for consideration for the Second Reading at the January 23-24, 2020 Plenary. The feedback with “read only” access is posted here. Campus senate feedback on our initial request in AS-3397-19/AA is archived in a separate Dropbox folder here.

Recommended Implementation of an Ethnic Studies System Requirement recommends the adoption of related system-wide learning outcomes and curricular guidelines as noted below.

Ethnic Studies Requirement: Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing their ethnic studies requirement, students will be able to:

  1. analyze and articulate core concepts of ethnic studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, Eurocentrism, and white supremacy;
  2. apply theory to describe critical events in the histories, cultures, and intellectual traditions of communities of color with a particular emphasis on agency and self-affirmation;
  3. describe the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or age;
  4. describe how resistance, social justice, and liberation as experienced by communities of color are relevant to current issues (communal, national, and international); and
  5. act to engage with issues of race and ethnicity to build diverse, just, and equitable communities beyond the classroom.

Ethnic Studies Requirement: Implementation

  1. The primary ethnic studies requirement will be implemented as an overlay as part of lower division GE (ethnic studies outcomes 1-5 as a requirement of lower division GE)
  2. The secondary (additional scaffolded) requirement is for a reflective element (reinforcing any two of ethnic studies outcomes 2-5) overlaying upper division GE.
  3. Either (1) or (2) above may be met by not-otherwise-GE courses with campus approval (provided such courses meet the ethnic studies outcomes; i.e.,  the ethnic studies requirement could be met or partially met with existing campus requirements and/or courses that were developed to meet local requirements)
  4. Campuses may determine additional requirements (outcomes or implementation) beyond the minimal list provided.

Upcoming Topics

In the upcoming months, the ASCSU will be discussing a variety of topics relevant to the CSU. If you are interested or would like to chat about any of these topics, please feel free to reach out to your CSUMB statewide senators (Scott or Vanessa). The next plenary is scheduled for January 22-24.

More Details

A more detailed review of Plenary business can be found here: Campus Report November 19

Author: Stirring up Trouble by DrVLoLil

I am a social justice educator sharing my perspectives on issues affecting Black folks in the U.S. These issues are important to me, not simply because I am a Black woman, but because disparities are manifestations of deeper societal ills. So, if keeping racial justice issues in the mouths of many yields any reduction, I am delighted to stir up a little bit of trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.

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