Committee votes to eliminate Computer and Information Literacy tests at USU

The motion to remove Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) tests from graduation requirements was passed in a 14-2 vote Tuesday morning through the General Education subcommittee. The motion will be brought to the Education Policy committee in December to further its progress so that it may be implemented by the summer of 2011. “What was decided by the committee was there has been a transition and a change in what students need,” said ASUSU President Tyler Tolson. “When the CIL tests came up, students weren’t really computer literate, so this was a great track to take, but now students are coming to school computer literate.” Removing CILs from graduation requirements is two years in the making, and issues caused by the tests were first brought to the foreground by 2008-09 ASUSU president Grady Brimley and his council. “In theory, people were supposed to take the CIL by the end of their freshman year so they could move efficiently through the rest of their coursework,” said Norm Jones, General Education subcommittee chair. “But, people weren’t taking it on time and weren’t able to graduate.” He said students sending in appeals stating they could not graduate because of their CILs was common, and attaching CIL requirements to English classes was leaving seats empty in those classes.

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