Intersegmental Cooperation between SF State and Community College Programs

Reference Number: F91-172
Senate Approval Date: Sunday, September 01, 1991



Academic Senate Policy F91-172

At its meeting of November 26, 1991, the Academic Senate approved the following


Background: During the Fall 1990 semester, due to financial cuts

which resulted in the elimination of almost 200 sections of courses from the

normal course offerings on this campus, and due to a unique opportunity presented

to SFSU from Skyline Community College, this campus was able to offer 23 sections

of Segment courses to our students on our campus through inviting Skyline Community

College to staff and fund those courses. At the conclusion of the Fall 1990

semester the Vice President for Academic Affairs convened the Ad Hoc Committee

on Skyline College Courses to evaluate the program and make recommendations

to the Academic Senate concerning future intersegmental cooperation. Their report

was submitted to the Academic Senate at the end of the Spring 1991 semester.

The Academic Senate voted to refer the Committee report to the Academic Policy

Committee and directed the APC to make a report and submit policy recommendations

back to the Academic Senate before the conclusion of the Fall 1991 semester.

Any continuation of similar programs with any other Community College program

was also directed to be delayed until after final action by the Academic Senate

based on the investigation and report of the Academic Policy Committee.

Procedures of the APC: The Academic Policy Committee took up

the Ad Hoc Committee on Skyline College Courses report as its first order of

business in the Fall 1991 semester. Several meetings were held with a variety

of interested parties throughout the campus. Erwin Seibel, Dean of Undergraduate

Studies, Al Willard, Director of Academic Services and Gary Hammerstrom, Vice

Chair of the Academic Senate, all members of the Ad Hoc Committee conferred

with APC. Additionally, APC conferred with Nancy McDermid, Dean, School of Humanities,

Jim Kelley, Dean, School of Science, Phil McGee, Dean, School of Ethnic Studies,

Steve Arkin, Chair, Department of English, Susan Shimanoff, Chair, Department

of Philosophy, Catherine Lucas, University Composition Coordinator, and Rosemary

Patton, Associate University Compositions Coordinator.

Observations: Dean Erwin Seibel reported to the Committee that

an informal telephone survey of other CSU campuses revealed a variety of similar

cooperative programs with local community colleges at five other campuses. All

five reported that the emphasis was on remedial programs in Math (CSU Chico,

Dominguez Hills, San Jose State), all through informal arrangements from Department

to Department with the blessing and cooperation of the Administration at each

campus. CSU Pomona had tried such a program, had discontinued it and was now

reconsidering such an arrangement. The fifth campus contacted was U.C. San Diego

which also reported a remedial Math program with a local community college.

Dr. Shimanoff also reported to the committee that the Speech Department at CSU

Chico had attempted a similar program with Oral Communication courses, however

the department had abandoned the program in favor of more resources given to

the department for Chico faculty to offer more sections.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Skyline College Courses issued seven "Conclusions/Issues/Recommendations

for Future Intersegmental Cooperation." The APC Committee finds the first four

to be factual conclusions reached through a survey of students enrolled in the

Skyline courses during the Fall 1990 semester. The final three items were of

particular interest to APC and bear repeating here:


"Opposition to the offering of these courses on the SFSU

Campus was raised by the School of Humanities. Their points regarding

the lack of adequate consultation, the potential impact upon the mix of

lower division, upper division and graduate students at SFSU, and the

impact of such decisions upon collateral programs (such as graduate training

in basic subjects) are valid and require more serious evaluation and discussion

than can be provided by this ad hoc committee. Some members of the School

of Humanities Council urged that such an arrangement not be agreed to


APC Addendum: Representatives from the School of Humanities remain

unanimous in concerns about the repetition of intersegmental cooperation between

SFSU and local community colleges. In addition to the issues addressed above,

concerns were also expressed about the impact of such a program on the University's

philosophy toward the commitment made to students accepted for admission to

the University. The Master Plan mandates that CSU provides "comprehensive education"

for all students and that we fail in that mission if students accepted to our

campus are then redirected into Community College courses. Representatives form

both the School of Humanities and form the School of Ethnic Studies also expressed

apprehensions about the commitment of SFSU to remedial students and remedial

programs and expressed fears that a shift in resources to incorporate community

college courses would also signal a shift in priority away from lower division

and remedial students.


"If such cooperative arrangements are considered in the

future, they should be undertaken only with broad consultation between

the administration, the Schools and departments, and the Academic Senates

of the segments involved. Adequate time should be provided to allow careful

consideration of the issues raised in item 5 above. In addition, consultation

should also take place with all the unions involved, both at SFSU and

the Community College, other CSU campus, UC campus, or private university

involved regarding the alignment of salaries and benefits, work assignment

and other issues that may require negotiation. CFA regards intersegmental

cooperation as positive so long as it is accompanied by an adequate consultation


APC Addendum: We cannot stress strong enough the need for the

consultations called for in the above statement among all parties involved in

such arrangements. Additionally, it was believed that academic departments must

also be consulted and have the strongest voice possible in dealing with logistical

problems such as classroom space, office space, copying services, textbook orders,

access to computer laboratories, etc.


"The academic planning process at SFSU should take cognizance

of the consultation requirements articulated in item 6 above. While recognizing

that the decision to offer the Skyline courses during the Fall 1990 semester

was made under the press of time and unusual circumstances by reasonable

and attentive people, who were genuinely concerned about assisting students,

it is our belief that future decisions on intersegmental cooperation need

to garner as wide a support of the SFSU faculty as possible."

APC Addendum: We, again, strongly agree with that statement.

In order to achieve adequate consultation and wide support of faculty for such

arrangements, it is the belief of this committee that any such intersegmental

agreements must be initiated and controlled by each interested academic department.

Policy Recommendations:


Any intersegmental cooperation between academic units at SFSU and local

community colleges to offer courses on this campus must be initiated at

the SFSU Department/Program level. Academic departments/programs also

hold sole responsibility for the evaluation of such programs and for recommending

continuation or discontinuation of such arrangements.


Academic departments/programs will present their proposal to their school

dean, who is then responsible for working with the Vice President of Academic

Affairs (or designee) to facilitate institutional arrangements, consultation

and cooperation between affected unions representing each respective faculty

unit, and other related issues as articulated in items 5 and 6 of the

above report.


School deans are also responsible to work with the VPAA (or designee)

to 1) identify other schools, departments or programs which would be affected

by such an intersegmental cooperation, as well as appropriate all-university

committees and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and to 2) involve such

affected parties in a process of broad consultation and cooperation.


Upon completion of the consultative process, the VPAA (or designee) will

be responsible for drafting a final proposal which must be approved by

the initiating academic department/program prior to its implementation.