CSU may up their college admissions requirements. But will that hurt low-income students?

Critics worry that a California State University proposal to increase admission requirements from three years of high school math to four years could make it harder for African American, Latinx, and low-income students to get into CSU, writes the Los Angeles Times. Michal Kurlaender, a UC Davis education professor and co-author of a PACE report examining the scope and impact of 12th grade math course-taking, told the newspaper that the intent of the plan—to ensure more students are college ready—could have unintentional consequences. Kurlaender’s research found that enrolling in a fourth year of math improves college graduation rates, but also found that many high schools serving low-income and underrepresented students don’t offer advanced math for seniors. The CSU board of trustees may begin debate on the proposal this month.

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