When California voters in 1996 rejected affirmative action, CSU and UC could no longer consider race and ethnicity in admissions, making a huge impact on the public universities.
CSU trustees vote to approve policy while legislation with a stricter ethnic studies requirement makes its way through the Legislature.
California’s higher education leaders appear together for what may be their last public gathering in an online forum, entitled “New Realities for Higher Education."
The Senate passed a bill requiring CSU students to take an ethnic studies course as trustees are set to consider the system’s own proposal.
This current crisis must be more than a teachable moment; it must lead to real change, education leaders say.
UC, CSU and community colleges face significant declines in state funding, prompting fears of tuition hikes and program cuts. Federal funds might ease the pain.
White's action at the nation's largest system of four-year universities may start a trend across the country. Some CSU campuses may offer more in-person classes than others.
Chancellor Tim White said it will be necessary for classes to continue being held virtually because of "evolving data" on the coronavirus.
An independent group will be commissioned to study CSU's proposal to require a fourth year of high school math in freshman admissions.
CSU still plans to require four years of high school math for freshman admissions, effective in 2027, but will delay formal vote to 2022.
The efforts to replace UC’s president Janet Napolitano and CSU chancellor Timothy P. White by summer have raised worries about competition between the two systems for academic talent.
Opponents include state leaders and activists, who reiterated fears that the change will harm black, Latino and low-income students.
Hired in 2012, White pushed CSU efforts to drop remedial courses and raise graduation rates. His departure and that of UC’s Napolitano leave two big vacancies.
CSU shows progress but work remains to hit graduation targets. Up two points, only 27.5 percent of students who entered as freshmen finished in four years.
Education leaders will privately advise Gov. Newsom on college access and success. Some experts want the group to have more authority.