Whereas, The Academic Senate passed resolutions 9.01 and 9.02 S05 recommending changing the minimum levels in English and mathematics and resolution 9.04 F04 that "encourages local senates to work with their faculty and their curriculum committees to develop alternative courses at the appropriate level, as needed";
Whereas, The existing courses at the level of freshman composition and intermediate algebra may not meet the needs of all associate degree students equally well; and
Whereas, There are already examples of alternative courses at those levels - both in English and mathematics departments as well as in other departments, but most faculty across the state have not seen those examples;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges collect examples of alternative courses at the levels of freshman composition and intermediate algebra, including vocational examples, and make them available as a resource to local colleges.MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The Committee worked with the Occupational Education Committee and the Basic Skills Initiative projects to develop a comprehensive collection of teaching and learning strategies to help accommodate these goals. A Fall 08 plenary session Breakout cosponsored by the curriculum committee and Ed Policies reviewed presently developed courses as well as strategies that enable students to meet the new graduation requirements. Alternative courses are posted on the Basic Skills website. The Committee feels this resolution is complete, but recommends continuing this effort to document alternative courses.