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Public Hearings Planned on Proposed Admissions Changes

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These changes will primarily affect freshmen and community college transfers. Please see the end of this release for details on all three hearings.

Media contact:
Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, CA – San José State University will hold a series of three public hearings, beginning Monday, March 19, to discuss proposed changes to admissions guidelines for the 2013-2014 academic year. These changes will primarily affect freshmen and community college transfers. Please see the end of this release for details on all three hearings. Read more on the proposed changes.

“With the significant decline in state support and an unprecedented number of undergraduate applicants, San José State is considering changes to our admissions guidelines that will make better use of scarce resources,” said Vice President for Student Affairs William Nance. “Before we make any changes, however, it is important that we receive input from the public. We will carefully consider all comments from the campus and community.”

The proposed guidelines are expected to increase retention and graduation rates, while decreasing the time to degree for students. San José State will work with local high schools and community colleges to improve guidance to applicants and counselors and boost student preparation for college success.

PROPOSED GUIDELINES

SJSU is considering the following changes to admissions guidelines for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Including the major of “Undeclared” as an impacted major, consistent with all other majors in the university that are already impacted. Read more on impaction.
  • Establishing campus-level minimum requirements for consideration that continue to provide admission preference to applicants from the local area.
  • Ensuring outreach to communities characterized by low socioeconomic status and historically low rates of college going.

HEARINGS

The public may also submit comments by visiting http://go.sjsu.edu/admissions-publichearings12. These meetings are wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring other accommodations should contact SJSU at (408) 924-1166 as soon as possible.

Monday, March 19, noon – 2 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
150 East San Fernando St.
San José, California 95112

Public parking is available at the Fourth Street Garage, 44 S. Fourth St., $1 per 20 minutes, $20 maximum, Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Foothill College
Appreciation Hall (Room 1500)
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022-4599

Visitors to Foothill College must purchase a day-use parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. The dispensers accept $1 bills as well as nickels, dimes and quarters. For additional information, call 650-949-6107 or visit the college’s website.

Thursday, March 22 at 7 – 8:30 p.m.
East Side Union High School District Board Room
830 N. Capitol Ave.
San Jose, California 95133

Free public parking is available.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.