Would increasing math requirements at Cal State negatively impact diversity?

Would increasing math requirements negatively impact diversity?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, The California State System has proposed requiring an additional high school course in quantitative reasoning to qualify for admission, based on data which shows that students with those capabilities are much more likely to succeed at Cal State.

While this wouldn’t require any new courses being created at the high school level, this additional requirement could impact the number of students of color and low-income students admitted, many of whom already have more difficulties meeting the existing math requirements.

The takeaway? The tightrope act between fighting for academic success and fighting for academic access continues to be a delicate balance, and one we must take extremely seriously.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.