EDUCATION COMMITTEE SPLITS ON BLOCK BILLS TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS

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East County News Service

 

Committee takes action to protect students at other CSU campuses, but fails to reverse change in admission policy at SDSU

 

July 1, 2010 (Sacramento) – AB 2401, which would require San Diego State University and other CSU campuses to give priority to local students who meet admission requirements, failed to secure passage and was held by the Senate Education Committee yesterday. However a companion bill, AB 2402, which would increase transparency by requiring CSU campuses to provide notification and public input prior to change admissions policies for students in their local service area, passed the committee.
 

 

 

“Today represents a significant step to increasing transparency in the CSU admissions process, to ensure that critical changes affecting local students are made in the light of day and with input from the students, parents and community members who would be impacted,” said Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove), author of both bills. “This legislation will go a long way to help prevent situations like what happened to the 1,740 students in San Diego, who were rejected because of a short-sighted change in admissions policy made at the 11th hour by San Diego State University's administration behind closed doors.”

 

Block pledged, “Our fight is not over. I look forward to working with the CSU Chancellor's office and all stakeholders involved to rectify the situation, and prioritize local, qualified students to improve access to higher education in their local area.”

 

AB 2402 would require CSU campuses to notify the public of any change in their admissions policy for students within a campus’ local service area. The procedural transparency required, before changes to admissions criteria are approved, dictates that the CSU must provide notice of proposed changes in admissions on the web site of the affected campus and in three local print newspapers. The CSU would also be required to meet with local stakeholders, hold three public hearings that solicit public comment and post the public comments with the university’s response on its Web site. Changes approved by the CSU Chancellor may only become effective one year after the decision is finalized unless it is based on resources and then it is six months.