California's
adoption of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) helps to
shape the expectations of universities regarding the mathematical background of
their incoming students.

The July 2013
statement (http://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/committees/boars/BOARSStatementonMathforAllStudentsJuly2013.pdf)
from the University of California's Boards of Admissions & Relations with
Schools (BOARS) comments that most California Community Colleges (CCCs)
continue to use "traditional Intermediate Algebra (i.e., Intermediate
Algebras as defined prior to CCSSM implementation)" as prerequisite to a
transferable mathematics course.

The BOARS statement
continues, "Specifying that transferable courses must have at least
Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite is not fully consistent with the use of
the basic mathematics of the CCSSM as a measure of college
readiness...Requiring that all prospective transfer students pass the current
version of Intermediate Algebra would be asking more of them than UC will ask
of students entering as freshmen who have completed CCSSM-aligned high school
math courses. As such, BOARS expects that the Transferable Course Agreement
Guidelines will be rewritten to clarify that the prerequisite mathematics for
transferable courses should align with the college-ready content standards of
the CCSSM."

Meanwhile, the
Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC) has endorsed the
CCSSM, but has no formal position on alternative pathways. A Fall 2012 resolution to support innovations to improve success in under-prepared non-STEM pathways was referred to the
executive committee. However, former
ASCCC president Ian Walton did publish in the ASCCC Rostrum an opinion (http://asccc.org/content/alternatives-traditional-intermediate-algebra)
that "The wide range of conversations demonstrates that a strong case can
be made for the exploration and implementation of alternative preparations for
transfer level math courses that differ from the content of the traditional
intermediate algebra course."

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