California State University will turn away 10,000 eligible freshmen in 2009, because it can’t afford to educate them.
The students who will lose out will be those who decide to go to college after the early deadlines have closed, (Chancellor Charles) Reed said.
“Here is who I worry about most: Many students in California have a culture of applying late to the CSUs, after Nov. 30. Many of them come from families who are underserved and families of color,” said Reed. “They are not sure about how to get things together, financially, to be able to go to college. They are unsure about financial aid. So that hesitancy will put them at a disadvantage.”
Some CSU campuses will give first priority to students who live in the region, making it harder for students to go to college away from home.
Half of CSU’s first-year students take remedial English and math classes. Raising standards would eliminate the crowding easily. But it’s not going to happen.