Assemblymember Medina Asks CSU to Reconsider Proposal to Require Four Years of Quantitative Reasoning for Admission

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement following yesterday’s hearing on the California State University’s (CSU) proposal to require four years of quantitative reasoning to achieve admission into the public university system.

“I am not convinced that the CSU’s quantitative reasoning (QR) proposal is warranted. I am concerned that the same students the CSU aims to serve and uplift will be adversely impacted by the requirement to take four years of QR in high school in order to be eligible for admittance. Imposing these requirements, which would be the strictest of any public school in California, could drastically hinder matriculation rates. What effect will that have on the state’s college-going pipeline and ultimately the economy?

If this proposal passes the CSU Board of Trustees, we need to establish a QR Implementation Task Force to independently assess implementation at specific benchmarks; provide recommendations on when this policy should take effect or be delayed; and oversee evaluation criteria and analyses once implementation is in effect.

This decision will have major implications for the future of higher education in California and deserves, at minimum, more time for discussion before action is taken. I have strong reservations about this proposal and urge the CSU to reconsider it altogether.”

Currently, the CSU Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the QR proposal at its meeting next month.

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Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061