The CSU Board of Trustees passed a resolution in January 2020 articulating possible guidelines to include an additional course in quantitative reasoning as part of current “a-g" admission requirements. The guidelines provided a set of criteria that would need to be met prior to the approval of changing the existing “a-g" requirements, which determine minimum eligibility for admission to a CSU campus.
The CSU will not pursue a change in admission requirements but will instead strongly recommend that high school students take an additional course that improves quantitative, scientific or data literacy skills.
While research, as well as CSU data, has shown that academic preparation supports greater student success, the CSU recognizes and is responding to the disproportionately adverse impact the pandemic has had on students and is re-envisioning the ways it can support students in their transition from high school to college.
The MDRC report was published in November 2022 and presented to the CSU Board of Trustees. Among its major findings completed this fall:
full report is available for review online.
The CSU will use the MDRC study findings to inform its interventions and partnerships and build upon and amplify existing successful initiatives that help prepare incoming students with the skills they need for success. For example, the CSU will work with its PK-12 partners to:
The CSU consulted with a wide range of stakeholders since the Academic Senate of the CSU – the official faculty voice in the CSU in matters of curriculum – convened a Quantitative Reasoning Task Force in 2016. After the Academic Senate released a report in August 2016 recommending an additional course in high school quantitative reasoning, the CSU was in continuous conversations with individuals and organizations representing a diverse group of educational, government and community partners. View the