Community protests proposed CSULA impaction plan

 

Community Voices- Students faculty, staff and community members voice their concerns over the proposed CSULA impaction plan to administrators of CSULa during the Q&A portion of the public hearing at the MPR in F5-201

By Miguel Barragan

The proposed California State University of Los Angeles impaction plan would raise admission standards for transfer students and freshman.

Major-specific criteria would be created for admission at all levels. This means both high school students and students transfering from community colleges would have to meet the new criteria.

The plan would also require an increase in the minimum requirement for GPA.

The proposed minimum GPA requirement has not yet been disclosed.

The current GPA requirement for transfer is a 2.0 in all transferable courses.

“I believe they’re not going to disclose those requirement changes until June, which isn’t transparent.,” said Kirby Dominguez, ELAC transfer director and counselor.

“From an advisor’s perspective, this delay puts students at a disadvantage.  If I meet with a student in spring, and then administrators reveal the requirements, that might not give students enough time to meet with me again to make appropriate adjustments.”

This was the third and final public hearing where CSULA administrators presented their plan and the public got a chance to ask questions and comment on the plan.

Ten minutes into the hearing, before the Q&A portion, a woman raised her hand to speak and voiced her concerns about how the plan would affect working-class students.

Dominguez told the crowd to reserve their questions until after the presentation.

Several people in the crowd chanted “Let us talk” and “Do the Q&A now.” They said they already knew all the information they were presenting because many of them have attended the previous hearings.

Administrators concluded the presentation 30 minutes before it was intended to end. The presentation showed an increase in the number of transfer students and enrollment as a whole at                     Cal State LA.

CSULA’s admission proposal plan’s website says that student headcount has increased 27 percent since 2012 while enrollment growth funding has only increased two percent.

CSULA is serving over 4,000 unfunded students, according to the site.

Administrators said adequate funding would require an increase of $30 million in annual state funding.

NoToImpaction, a group started by Cal State LA students and faculty in protest of this proposed plan, says the solution is to fight for more funding, rather than caving in and barring students for a lower enrollment rate.

During the Q&A section, many said the plan lacked transparency and was being forced upon the community.

The most common concern raised was that the proposed plan would affect black, Latino and low-income students.

NoToImpaction and Promesa Boyle Heights, a grassroots group which advocates for better schools and opportuities for the youth said many in the community, including ELAC students, have to work jobs in order to be able to pay for their needs and keep up with school.

They said increasing admission standards would only make it more difficult for these students to further their education.

What these groups, other students and faculty, are asking for is a one-year moratorium, a postponement of the plan, so that community members, faculty and students of the schools that would be affected are allowed a voice in the decision-making process.

Danielle Mayen, a Cal State LA student and member of Golden Eagle Justice, a student organized group in opposition to the proposed plan, said, “I believe administrators should listen to concerns brought up by students, faculty, staff and the community.

“This doesn’t mean just passively listening. It means going through with our demands of a one-year moratorium, which is taking the time to finally include us in the conversation and find alternatives to impaction, and truly advocate for funding by allowing students, staff, faculty, etc. into these meetings with the Chancellor’s Office.”

The ELAC academic senate unanimously voted no to the proposed plan.

Administrators will make their final decision on March 1.

To leave a public comment on the proposed plan, visit: http://www.calstatela.edu/admissions/proposed-change-admission-criteria-effective-fall-2020-public-comment-form

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