Legislature Looks to Stop CSU Policy on Admissions

Three Assembly members introduced legislation that would require greater transparency and coordination between k-12 education and higher education when the CSU or UC proposes changes to student admission eligibility.

Authored by Assembly Members José Medina, Sharon Quirk-Silva, and Lorena Gonzalez, Assembly Bill 1930 would also require “an independent study by a third-party research organization to assess the impact of the change in student eligibility policy on the eligibility rates of the graduates of public secondary schools who are members of underrepresented student groups.”

Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, Member Medina is on the record opposing the CSU’s proposed requirement of a fourth year of “quantitative reasoning” for admission eligibility.  CFA is also against the policy.

“Policy changes that will make it harder for students to access The People’s University seem to form a punishment regime that would fall most heavily on the most vulnerable: first generation, second language learners, foster youth, and students of color,” CFA Associate VP Sharon Elise told Trustees in November.

The admissions change is opposed by Lt. Governor Kounalakis, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, and scores of legislators and education leaders across the state and nation.  After months of opposition, the CSU modified the policy, delaying a formal vote until 2022 to allow an independent, third-party analysis of the proposed changes’ effects students.  Trustees will discuss at their January 28-29 Board meeting.

Though AB 1930 will not be voted on for several weeks, it is an urgency bill and includes a retroactive clause dated January 1, 2020.  Any changes approved by CSU Trustees after New Year’s Day would be subject to AB 1930’s provisions.