Pilot Project for Basic Skills Prerequisite Applications to General Education Courses

Spring
2009
Resolution Number: 
09.03
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Curriculum
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Basic Skills Initiative has raised awareness about the large number of underprepared students in the California Community College System, where 70-98% of first-time entering students assess as having basic skills needs;

Whereas, Student success data indicate that students who are not college ready are less likely to succeed than students already at college level; and

Whereas, Title 5 Regulations demand local college-by-college, course-by-course statistical validation of prerequisites documenting student failure for courses outside of a discipline, and these requirements are perceived as onerous, resulting in a lack of prerequisites for the vast majority of general education courses;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research potential pilot projects, easily replicable at all colleges, for applying basic skills prerequisites to general education courses.

MSC Disposition: System Advisory Committee on Curriculum, Local Senates

Summary: 
Research potential pilot projects, easily replicable at all colleges, for applying basic skills prerequisites to general education courses.
Recommendation: 
Several 08-09 presentations yielded good input from students, CIOs and faculty. The 08-09 committee recommended that the new curriculum chair work with the assessment APG and continue research into the appropriate methods to develop a pilot. There are particular concerns from RP. These should be analyzed and considered in the implementation.
Status Report: 

The pilot projects were unnecessary because the prerequisite change was made to Title 5 and implementation of content review for establishing prerequisites has begun.