“Courses offered at the campus are determined by student demand.”
Opponents claim the changes are an effort to phase out the programs, but if people want to take these courses, they will.
The College Fix reports:
Cal State protesters miffed curriculum changes may decrease ethnic studies enrollment
Various students and faculty in the California State University system are cheesed that a pair of executive orders affecting curriculum will have a negative impact on ethnic studies enrollment.
According to the Press-Telegram, CSU Chancellor Timothy White’s Executive Orders 1100 and 1110 deal with making it easier for students within the Cal State system to transfer, and how freshmen are placed in courses based on various assessments respectively. Protesters claim the orders will “phase out” existing cultural studies requirements and are concerned about “education equity, behavioral patterns of enrollment and white supremacy.”
CSU Northridge professor of Chicano/a studies Stevie Ruiz said “Twice, our faculty has voted against both (executive orders). I did all the number crunching proving this will destroy our departments by the year 2021.”
CSUN Chair and Professor of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Breny Mendoza added she “fears” the EOs will somehow prevent students from “accessing courses on culture and oral history through gender and ethnic studies.”
CSU officials say the EOs do no such thing. Spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp said “Courses offered at the campus are determined by student demand.”
Last week, demonstrators at Cal State Long Beach echoed Ruiz and Mendoza, and intimated ethnic studies courses should be compulsory.
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