As you’ve probably heard, the CSU has tired of waiting for K-12* to give us college-ready students and has decided to do something bold:
LJB to Presidents cover memo EO
1110EO 1110 Academic Preparation
If you don’t feel like reading / listening to interviews with CO folks about this, here are the answers they will find ways to give to any question**:
There are a ton of good commentaries floating around. Here’s one which makes several excellent points (and some bad ones) from the San Diego Union Tribune
Indeed, this paragraph at the end could’ve been written by pretty much any ASCSU Senator:
All this means there are reasons for optimism about CSU’s gamble. But it could just as easily put the nation’s largest four-year university system — with 23 campuses and 470,000-plus students — on the road toward the mindset seen in some California school districts, which put more emphasis on graduation rates than on having a high-school degree being a genuine accomplishment. That would be a painful irony — CSU adopting the public-relations-first tactics of California public schools in response to problems partly caused by such tactics.
This must not happen.
For my own part, I’ll just say that it’s nice to hear our friends at the Chancellor’s Office express such confidence in the magic-working powers of CSU faculty. To be sure, if anyone can figure out how to get students ready for the curriculum they are taking as they take it, CSU math and writing faculty can.
It has, however, been a long time since magic has been fully funded….
* I guess we’ve also given up on reminding the state that this was supposed to be the community colleges’ job.
** FWIW, I don’t mean that as a complaint. I’m open to the possibility that the norms guiding mass communication are not the same as the norms guiding conversations (e.g., in a face-to-face conversation, you are a jerk if you ignore your interlocutor’s questions; we shouldn’t make the same judgment about the character of the interviewee who stays on message).