The California State University system is set to drop SAT or ACT as an admission requirement, the Los Angeles Times reported, a major step for the college system to expand access to higher education amid criticisms that standardized tests are biased against low-income people and college students. color.
Cal State Chancellor Joseph Castro said on Wednesday he was “very supportive” of the next plan publication of a report This month, many qualified students are struggling to enter California universities.
“I just want people to know that as chancellor I’m not interested in making it harder for students to get into CSU,” Castro said of ending the requirements, The Times reported.
He added that he was “committed to providing access to students from all walks of life.”
The Cal State system has approximately 486,000 students on 23 campuses and is the largest four-year college system in the country. The system’s board will consider a recommendation to drop ACT and SAT, made this month by an advisory board, in January, and then vote on it in the spring.
The move follows a similar move by the University of California system, which said last year that it no longer takes SAT or ACT scores into account for admissions or scholarships. The system includes some of the nation’s top universities, including UCLA and Berkeley, and came amid a lawsuit filed on behalf of students and other advocacy groups who claimed the requirement was unfairly biased against poor students of color, especially black and Latino applicants.
The University of California system said last month he would not replace either of the two tests with an alternative after looking for a separate standardized test to help with admission decisions. School officials said they couldn’t find a test that avoided the biases named by critics of the tests.
“UC will continue to practice test-free admissions now and in the future,” said Micheal Brown, the system’s marshal at the time.