In January of 2020, the
CSU board approved an action that took into consideration concerns expressed by external stakeholders regarding the CSU's quantitative reasoning proposal. Among those actions, the board required a third-party independent analysis of implementation and potential impact of the proposed requirement on CSU applicants.
Following the January 2020 meeting, the CSU initiated a public competitive bidding process according to state regulations and CSU policy. MDRC is the organization selected to conduct the assessment required by the CSU board.
MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve educational programs and policies, especially those that potentially affect low-income communities. MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale demonstrations and evaluations of real-world policies and programs. MDRC's
Statement of Principles guide its work and codifies its research and assessment practices. The MDRC study will focus on four primary areas:
Following a progress report to the CSU board in March 2021, MDRC has expanded its scope of work to reflect feedback for greater representation. For more information, please email contactQR@calstate.edu.