CSU ordered to favor local students in admission, which may help students that may need to stay close to home
In October, state legislators ordered the California State University (CSU) to expand admission preference to place-bound students when campuses and popular majors are over-crowded. Place-bound students include older students with families and/or jobs that are not able to commute long distances and have difficulty leaving their immediate geographic area to attend school, so they may only consider applying to schools near their home. The recent state budget gave the CSU system until May to develop boosts for qualified freshmen and transfer applicants to local campuses. Paul Steenhausen, a higher education expert at the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, stated,
We find that local access is really more important than having equal access to any CSU.
The efforts of place-bound students intensified as more CSU campuses and academic programs became over impacted and CSU campuses have been turning away otherwise eligible students from nearby. CSU officials claim that the real problem is that inadequate state funding makes it impossible to admit all eligible students. It is not known how many of CSU’s 420,000 full and part time undergraduates are considered to be place-bound, but three-quarters of the 31,400 eligible students that met minimum academic requirements for CSU admissions and were denied entrance at every campus or program to which they applied last year had only applied to one CSU campus. Hopefully CSU can come up with a solution to help place-bound students that might not have the opportunity to go to a CSU campus that is not near their home.