CSU Statement Regarding the University Eligibility Study for the Class of 2003 prepared by the California Postsecondary Education Commission

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu, 562-951-4800

(May 19, 2004) The California State University system is very pleased with the results of the California Postsecondary Education Commission eligibility study. According to the study, the CSU eligibility rate for public comprehensive high schools ranges between 28 and 35 percent. This range supports the Master Plan for Higher Education that calls for CSU to establish its freshman admission criteria such that the upper one-third of public high school graduates are eligible to enroll in CSU.

“CPEC’s study shows that the continuing collaboration among the State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and CSU to academically prepare students in K-12 to meet CSU’s admission requirement is successful,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “This is good news for California students who, in spite of the budget crisis, have access to top quality higher education and the opportunity to become productive members of society.”

The CSU focuses on the eligibility rate of graduates from California’s comprehensive public high schools rather than the adjusted eligibility rate that includes continuation high schools. The eligibility rate of comprehensive high schools is a more accurate picture of eligibility for the CSU because these schools provide classes that meet the A-G curriculum of college preparatory classes needed to meet CSU admission eligibility requirements. Few continuation and alternative high schools focus on college preparation.

Nearly all first-time freshmen enrolling in CSU are graduates from comprehensive public high schools. As a result, the CSU targets it academic outreach programs to California’s comprehensive public high schools in its attempt to serve the upper-third of high school graduates in California.

For several years now, CSU has been providing an Academic Performance Report to each high school that prepares students who enroll in the CSU as first-time freshmen. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) launched in the spring of 2004 also is targeted to comprehensive public high schools.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: May 19, 2004

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