California State University Trustees Delay Raising Admissions Requirements After Advocates Rally

Proposal threatening to widen racial equity gaps in admission to the CSU tabled until study proves change is needed and will not create disparate impact.

The Campaign for College Opportunity, alongside the Education Trust—West, mobilized a broad coalition of over 100 civil rights, labor, education, and student advocates to oppose a harmful proposal to raise requirements for admission to the California State University (CSU). Today, after nearly a year of pressure from the coalition, the CSU Board of Trustees vote to delay the proposal until after an impact study is completed.

At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting today, advocates applauded the trustees for taking the necessary pause for an independent analysis, they continue to urge the trustees to ensure the analysis includes:
1. Evidence of the necessity of the policy and reviews of alternative opportunities for raising graduation rates
2. How the policy would impact eligibility, applications, and admission by race/ethnicity, income, and region
3. The capacity of K-12 districts to implement the policy and the costs of implementation

While the Trustees are to be commended, the Campaign for College Opportunity and other advocates will continue to push to ensure any change to admissions does not increase gaps in opportunity for Black, Latinx, Native American and low-income students who attend under-resourced schools.

“The schools that have the fewest number of qualified teachers are also in the schools that have the highest percentage of racially segregated students, and the students who have the highest level of poverty – there are more than 24 school districts in our state who have the highest level of poverty, highest level of racial segregation, and highest percentage of non-credentialed teachers teaching our students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond during the meeting. Read more