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California State University Sets Aside $10 Million for ‘Attracting More Black Students’

California State University Sets Aside $10 Million for ‘Attracting More Black Students’

“While correcting longstanding inequities will take time, we must take immediate and decisive action”

The proposed recommendations for solving this problem are something else.

Campus Reform reports:

Cal State allocates $10 million for ‘attracting more Black students’

California State University will allocate $10 million over three years to address declining graduation and retention rates among black students in the CSU system.

“While correcting longstanding inequities will take time, we must take immediate and decisive action,” Chancellor Jolene Koester said in a June 19 press release.

A workgroup released 13 recommendations to “advance Black student success” across the 23 CSU universities, according to a report released June 19. Recommendations include creating “welcoming and affirming spaces” for Black students, early outreaching in California K-12 schools, and launching a “Central Office for the Advancement of Black Excellence.”

“Members met regularly as a full workgroup,” according to the report, to discuss “such key topics as attracting more Black students to the CSU,” among others.

California State University is a system of public schools with 23 campuses across the state. For the 2022-23 school year, annual undergraduate tuition and fees at the campuses ranged from $6,663 (Fresno) to $10,319 (San Louis Obispo).

The recommendations were established following Graduation Initiative 2025, which is a plan to “increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps in degree completion and meet California’s workforce needs.”

That plan reportedly helped increase system-wide graduation rates but has not fixed “stubborn equity gaps” and declining Black student enrollment and retention, according to the report.

“The result of this work is a call to action for the CSU to think broadly and act boldly. Through 13 systemwide recommendations, the workgroup seeks to catalyze the cultural change urgently needed to advance Black student success,” the report states.


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henrybowman | July 31, 2023 at 3:45 pm

I would have expected this article to include a notation that the Equal Protection Project is on the case suing them. Did I miss something in this particular proposal that would make it squeak in under SCOTUS’ non-discrimination ruling and normal American common sense?

The report shows detailed raw information about black enrollment. However, the report fails to provide any baseline for comparison purposes.

For example, 48 % of blacks received their degree in six years.

However, the report fails to provide the % of all students who receive their degree within six years. statistics.

The authors want the reader to think 48% is a bad percentage.

However, the report does not show 48% is a bad percentage.


Maybe we just don’t like you, C.S.U.,
Maybe we just don’t like you through and through.

Maybe we see all that lipstick you been wearing, C.S.U.,
And maybe we aren’t finding it very alluring.

Maybe all your heartfelt concerns for us feel kind of fake, C.S.U.,
Maybe it’s kinda like that jab you wanted us to take.

Maybe we’ve seen what you have to offer over the years, C.S.U.,
and maybe we simply choose to decline your proffer.

Not getting their quotas even though, technically, there are not supposed to be any. It’s a PR stunt. A very expensive one.