ASCSU September Plenary

Faculty Trustee Named

Trustee Romey Sabilius was appointed by Governor Newsom to his third term as Faculty Trustee to the CSU. Trustee Sabilius is from San Jose State University.

Approved Resolution

The following resolution was approved by the ASCSU:

Request for Continued Accommodations and Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19 AS-3501-21/FA

The ASCSU voted to approve a First Reading Waiver for this resolution due to the time-sensitivity of the issues addressed in this resolution. Because the CSU is still in the midst of an ongoing COVIID-19 Global pandemic during campus repopulation after being locked down for almost 18 months, this resolution requests that the CSU Chancellor urge campus presidents to be flexible, compassionate, and accommodating in responding to evolving conditions due to the virulence and unpredictability of the COVID-19 Delta and other variants. The resolution also requests that all campuses permit individual faculty members and departments to modify curriculum and pedagogy (including modality of instruction) as needed to meet their particular emergent circumstances and constraints. Additionally, the resolution requests that the Chancellor’s office request an extension of the WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) authorization of virtual learning through Spring 2022.

First Reading Resolutions

The following resolutions were introduced as first readings during the September Plenary:

Continued Accommodations and Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19

Academic Freedom and Teaching Modality in the Covid-19 Pandemic AS-3499-21/FA 

This resolution recognizes the challenges that campuses continue to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic’s contagious Delta and other variants. The resolution contends that given the complexity and fluidity of the pandemic, faculty members are in the best position to make quick decisions and maintain safety in the classroom. In order to avoid canceling classes, faculty should have the ad hoc flexibility to rapidly pivot face-to -face courses temporarily to virtual instruction during acute or dynamic transitory extenuating circumstances, such as sudden COVID19 spikes. The Faculty Affairs Committee requested a first reading waiver for this resolution due to the immediacy of these issues, but the ASCSU voted against the waiver and referred their solution back to the committee.

Suspension of Mandatory Peer Observations of Instruction and Student Evaluations for AY 2021-2022 AS-3500-21/FA

This resolution requests an extension of AS-3450-20/FA Suspension of Mandatory Peer Observations of Instruction and Student Evaluations for Academic Year 2020-2021, which was approved by the ASCSU in September 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a large proportion of teaching within the CSU is being accomplished through virtual and/or asynchronous instruction from remote locations, including faculty members’ homes. The resolution recognizes the myriad inequities associated with working remotely, including access to technology, lack of privacy, family concerns, and interruptions. Due to the immediacy of COVID-19 and campus repopulation, the Faculty Affairs Committee requested a first reading waiver for this resolution, but the ASCSU voted against the waiver and referred the resolution back to the committee

Support for CSU General Education (GE) System Office Review Standards for Area F (Ethnic Studies) AS-3505-21/APEP

This resolution amplifies the imperative articulated in AS-3460-20/AA Adopting the Amended Recommended Core Competencies for Ethnic Studies that all courses, particularly those submitted for review by California Community Colleges (CCC) meet 3 of the 5 Ethnic Studies core competencies by supporting existing certification practices in the CSU General Education (GE) System Office Review Standards for Area F (Ethnic Studies).

Acknowledgement of Changes to Math Requirements in International Baccalaureate programs AS-3503-21/APEP

This resolution highlights the need for a timely response to changes to the Math requirements in International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and reminds campuses that an individual CSU campus can go beyond the credit by examination list in awarding CSU General Education (GE) credit for area B4. The resolution requests input from the Mathematics Council and individual campus senates in updating the system-wide external exam credit list.

Support for the “CSU Education Deans’ Statement in Support of Culturally Sustaining, Equity Driven, and Justice Focused Pedagogies” AS-3507-21/APEP

The system-wide Deans of Colleges of Education have gone on record opposing restrictions on equity-minded pedagogy and content that have been occurring around the country. This resolution calls for the ASCSU to recognize, endorse, and distribute the Deans’ statement. Support for the “CSU Education Deans’ Statement in Support of Culturally Sustaining, Equity Driven, and Justice Focused Pedagogies.”

Please reach out with questions or for additional information to Ryne Leuzinger (rleuzinger@csumb.edu) or Vanessa Lopez-Littleton (vlittleton@csumb.edu).