Academic Preparation

The CSU is committed to a new approach to academic preparation in which all students are afforded the opportunity and support needed to complete 30 college-level semester units (or 45 quarter units) before beginning their second academic year. Here you'll find a variety of resources in support of these efforts.​​


  • Policy Changes

    Recent policy changes related to academic preparation outline new approaches for assessment, placement, the Early Start Program, and developmental education for first-year students.

  • Executive Orders 1100 and 1110

  • Professional Development

    Learn about opportunities and resources for ​campus faculty and staff to keep up with the latest thinking about ways to improve academic preparation.

  • Explore Opportunities​​​​​

  • Research

    Explore these articles, research, presentations and websites for a clearer picture of the work being done.​

  • Browse Research​​​​​​​

Advisory Workgroup

The members of the Academic Preparation workgroup consist of faculty, staff, students and outside policy experts.

Meet the Workgroup​


The Chancellor’s Office will measure the impact of these policies on student success.​

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