Monday, March 9, 2015

Like the worm in the apple that no one noticed until after they've eaten it...

...nobody notices as CSU campuses quietly cut back on enrollment for budgetary reasons. But when UC says it will cut back enrollment, there are headlines, legislative hearings, etc. Just saying. [From the LA Times]

Diego Aguilar Avila enrolled in Cal State Northridge last fall, and the freshman says he's lucky to have gotten in when he did. The Northridge campus recently announced plans to tighten its admission criteria beginning in fall 2016. That could have created a hurdle for Avila, who admits to receiving low grades in some of his classes at Bravo Medical Magnet High School in East Los Angeles. "I might not have gotten a second chance to go to a very good school because of the one year I messed up in high school," said the 18-year-old philosophy major, "so I'm happy to be able to come here." The Northridge proposal is an attempt to control unprecedented demand; enrollment increased to more than 40,000 students in 2014 from about 35,000 in 2009. The school received more than 58,000 applications for fall 2015. The campus is aiming to reduce its entering undergraduate class 1%, or about 300 students in each of the next four years. To achieve that goal, high school graduates and transfer students from outside the local area will need to meet higher admission standards — which could include increased grade-point averages, test scores or other criteria...

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