Proposal to declare impaction at Cal State LA would disproportionately impact students of color

Students and faculty are fighting campus officials’ proposal to declare impaction at Cal State LA, a move that could negatively impact prospective students from the surrounding areas, which are increasingly students of color and the first in their families to go to college.

Cal State LA President William Covino has proposed a plan to declare impaction at the campus, which would result in 600 fewer spots for new students and raise admissions requirements — including GPA and SAT and ACT scores — for fall 2020.

The proposal has ignited a firestorm of criticism about the plan, which many say is an effort to keep out local eligible students, who are increasingly Black and brown students. Current students, faculty, and staff are outraged, and about 1,000 students and more than 100 faculty and staff have signed on to petitions calling for a moratorium on the impaction plan.

“It’s righteous rage,” said Molly Talcott, CFA Chapter President at Cal State LA. “It’s a violation of shared governance, and it’s more austerity talk and cutting out students at a time when we’ve gotten a record-setting budget augmentation proposed by our governor.

As educators, we are standing with our students to say this is a trend that is plaguing our university system and we can’t let it happen anymore. This is a real racial justice struggle, and it’s a class struggle. We can’t let the administration swoop in and quietly push their corporate-esque ideals.”

The Cal State LA Academic Senate discussed the proposed impaction plan at its meeting on Tuesday. Click here to read Talcott’s comments to the Academic Senate.

It’s also been a topic of debate at other community colleges in the area. The Academic Senate at East Los Angeles College, one of several feeder schools for Cal State LA, voted unanimously in opposition to Covino’s plan.

Click here to read an LA Times article about the plan.