CSU Board of Trustees: Faculty and Students Testify about Proposed Changes to Admissions

The California State University’s (CSU) Board of Trustees two-day meeting kicked off yesterday with several important issues scheduled for discussion. Arguably the most significant matter up for debate on Tuesday was the trustees’ proposal to require incoming applicants, starting in 2026, to take an additional course in quantitative reasoning to qualify for admission to the CSU. Prior to the meeting, CFA released a statement opposing the proposed expansion of the quantitative reasoning admissions requirement in its current form.

The Committee on Educational Policy took up the matter as an information item and during the public comment period, CFA President Charles Toombs did not mince his words in outlining the crux of the matter from CFA’s perspective, remarking, “This threatens college access and opportunity for the people of California; there will be particularly serious barriers for Black, Latinx, API, and Native students, working class students, and students from rural communities; and using admissions policy to change High School curriculum and practices is the wrong approach.”

Kalani Robinson of CSULA and Tamiel Mckee Bey of SDSU, members of Students for Quality Education, also spoke out against the proposed admissions requirements. Emphasizing what many of the speakers critical of the policy reported, McKee Bey noted, “By adding the quantitative reasoning requirement, the number of students eligible for admission drops from 1 in 3 African American students to only 1 in 5. Recognize that it is not the lack of academic preparation or intelligence that carries a student into higher ed to graduation but the lack of access to systems of higher education and resources that can enhance incoming student experiences.” 

The Trustees continued their agenda today and heard faculty testimony about the funding the CSU received this year to support tenure track hiring and new security measures at the Chancellor’s Office, and a land acknowledgement proposal that the CFA Indigenous Peoples Caucus presented. Wednesday’s meeting was punctuated by much discussion about a new policy proposal to give large raises to CSU executives. Be sure to check Headlines next week for a recap!