Fewer Students will be “Made in the CSU” If Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirements Increase

The California State University (CSU) is preparing to unveil a proposal to add a fourth year of math/quantitative reasoning to freshman eligibility requirements. That’s more math/quantitative reasoning than the University of California requires for applicants.

The CSU Board of Trustees will hear this proposal at their upcoming meeting on July 23-24th. Already over 50 business, civil rights, community organizations, and K-12 school districts have come together to raise serious concerns about the forthcoming proposal.

There is little evidence from the CSU that such a change to eligibility requirements is necessary, and there has been no broad-scale consultation or partnership with California’s K-12 school system regarding the readiness of high schools to deliver on any expansion of the college preparatory curriculum known as A-G. Today, over 60% of Black, Latinx, and Native American California high school graduates are effectively ruled out from applying to CSU because they attend under-resourced high schools that do not offer enough opportunity to complete the A-G courses required for admission. Adding to the A-G requirements will only further constrain access.

If this proposal is enacted, there will be serious equity consequences, since Black, Latinx, Native American, and low-income students are too often served by under-resourced high schools that do not offer the A-G course sequence equitably.

As a result of limited capacity, the CSU has been raising the bar on our talented students seeking their rightful spot at a CSU campus by requiring higher GPA’s and higher standardized test scores. This proposal to add another requirement to hard-working, capable students only serves as an enrollment management strategy and is in direct conflict with the CSU’s open-access mission.

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California students work hard to earn a spot in college! But the Cal State will close its doors to talented college-ready students if it continues to raise its math/qualitative reasoning admissions requirements. #CSUAccessDenied


Over 50 business, civil rights, community organizations, and K-12 school districts have opposed the CSU’s forthcoming proposal to add a fourth year of math to the freshman admission requirements.  Urge your local K-12 school district to pass a resolution in opposition! 


Los Angeles Unified School District Board
Superintendent, Mike Matsuda, Anaheim Union High School District
Superintendent, Jorge A. Aguilar, Sacramento City Unified School District
Superintendent, Vincent Matthews, San Francisco Public Schools
10,000 Degrees
A Black Education Network
ACLU of Southern California
Alliance for a Better Community
Asian Americans Advancing Justice- LA
Barrio Logan College Institute
Black Students of California United
California State University, Los Angeles – Associated Students, Incorporated
Californians Together
Canal Alliance
Center for Leadership Equity and Research
Coleman Youth Advocates
Community Coalition
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)
Council de (COFEM)
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Ed 100
Faith in the Valley
Families in Schools

GO Public Schools
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition
InnerCity Struggle
Kid City Hope
Latino/a Roundtable of San Gabriel & Pomona Valley
Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF)
Mission Graduates
NAACP of Pomona Valley
Opportunity Institute
Parent Organizing Network (PON)
Partnership for LA Schools
Promesa Boyle Heights
Reading and Beyond
Southern California College Access Network
Somos Mayfair
Southeast Asia Resource Center
Students Making a Change
Students for Ed Reform
The Campaign for College Opportunity
The Education Trust—West
The Village Method
Umoja Community Education Foundation
University of California Student Association
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way’s Young Civics Leaders Program
Young Invincibles


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