Whereas, The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) – developed by CSU faculty and high school teachers and administrators in late 2002 and disseminated to high schools via professional development since Fall 2004 – is a course designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors to meet the expectations of college and university faculty, is research based and rooted in effective instructional practices, and is aligned with California English-Language Arts Content Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Statements of Competencies created by the Intersegmental Council of Academic Senates articulated in Academic Literacy: A Statement of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California’s Public Colleges and Universities;
Whereas, The ERWC, a component of the CSU-CCC Early Assessment Program, has been central to the CSU’s college readiness outreach efforts, has been adopted by 426 high schools, and has been shown to improve high school student preparedness for college;
Whereas, The California Community College System is being encouraged (as of September 30, 2011) by the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success (established in response to Senate Bill 1143, Liu, 2010) to “collaborate with K-12 to jointly develop common core standards,” and to “support the development of alternatives to traditional basic skills curriculum”; and
Whereas, College readiness is critical to the success of California community college students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges disseminate information about the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course by Spring 2012 to local academic senates and encourage them to involve their English faculty (including their reading faculty) in collaboration with local high schools and CSU campuses in this college readiness effort; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges publish a Rostrum article and sponsor a breakout on the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course at the Spring 2012 Plenary.
The committee engaged in discussions with representatives from 3CSN and ACTLA about partnering on this matter as they were in the process of preparing a survey to the field to collect the information requested in this resolution. The survey was to be distributed to the field in May 2015. The results will be shared with the committee and the results will be reported to the field accordingly.