Senate opposes California State University’s enrollment limits

By Miguel Barragan

The academic senate unanimously voted no on the proposed plan by California State University of Los Angeles to declare their campus impacted on Monday’s meeting.

This plan would raise the admission standards for freshmen and transfer students.

It would raise the minimum cumulative GPA in transferable courses for transfer students.

The minimum GPA, however, has not been disclosed.

This plan was proposed in order to mitigate the increase in enrollment at CSULA.

Administrators of CSULA said the reasoning behind their goal is reducing enrollment because head count has increased 27 percent since 2012 and enrollment growth funding has only increased 2 percent.

The impaction plan has been met with resistance from faculty, students, staff and community members.

Kenneth Chaiprasert, a professor of political science, and second vice president of the senate executive committee, said, “What the senate would really like Cal State LA to do is to think about this more before making transfer harder.”

Chaiprasert said that Cal State LA should hold a brief moratorium to talk with the community.

Steve Wardinski, a professor of history, and member of the senate executive committee, said that East Los Angeles College and other community colleges should offer Bachelor’s degrees.

Because many transfer students won’t be able to get into a bachelor’s degree program, if they can’t get into CSULA.

“We want to propose offering B.A’s at community colleges to the statewide academic Senate. If the CSU’s are making it harder for you to get a B.A., why can’t community colleges offer B.A’s?” Chaiprasert said.

He said that the idea is to offer programs that create bachelor’s for students that need it and make it affordable.

“We have the capability to do it,” he added.

Wardinski also said that the senate executive committee should contact San Diego’s Community College system to learn about the effects of impaction because they’ve had impaction for longer.

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