Administration Requirements May Change at CSULB
The Board will conduct a series of public hearings to discuss the tentative changes. They will cast their vote by the end of the 2012 school year. If approved, the changes would be implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.
The requirements, which would include a higher grade point average, higher scores and possible additional courses taken by freshmen, could make it harder for some students who have planned to attend the school. Choosing a major sooner would be a requirement for transfer students. It would be a more direct approach to graduating while eliminating unnecessary courses taken.
Latrice Jackson, 41, an LBCC dietetics program major, said she hopes to attend Cal State and said she agrees with the school plans. She wishes she had completed college earlier, but due to personal reasons had to attend classes sporadically. She realizes it is more difficult now and time is of the essence, and feels students should be focused on obtaining their degree in the most direct way,
"If I had known this before, I would have gone to school, gotten my degree and be well into my area of concentration by now. There is no time to waste. We are all adults and are making adult decisions. There is no need in wasting your time or the school's time."
Martha Torres, 20, a business major, said, "When I started college, I was not serious and as focused on school as I should have been, but now I am definitely serious and focused about obtaining my degree. I'm sure there will be some students who will take the same initial approach as I did."
Geraldine Huizar, 18, a nursing major, said, "I think students should be focused on having a high or higher grade point average. I know what I want as far as school and I am focused on meeting my goal."
LBCC President Eloy Oakley, said, "We want to develop pathways that are much more efficient and get students into the CSU system as quickly as possible."
The new requirement will have a profound effect on the partnership between LBCC, Cal State and the Long Beach Unified School District that guarantees all unified school district graduates an admission to Cal State if they meet minimum requirements.
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