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L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce Commends CSU Course Requirement Changes

LOS ANGELES, CA —Earlier this week, the California State University System (CSU) released an executive order that changes the way students are placed into English and mathematics courses during their first year, changes the Early Start Program for students who need to build academic skills and outlines new models of developmental education. In response, David Rattray, executive vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Education Excellence and Talent Development and president of UNITE-LA, issued this statement:

"As an organization that represents the Los Angeles area business community, we are committed to closing the skills gap so that all residents can succeed in the workforce and local businesses can continue to thrive. We applaud CSU’s move to integrate multiple measureswhich will enable campuses to better assess student readiness and place students into credit-bearing classes that better meet the needs of their major,” noted Rattray. 

“Combined with their move to update math pre-requisite requirements, the CSU is making student success a priority, while ensuring math remains challenging and relevant to the student’s future career.  Collectively, these changes will help more students make it to the graduation finish line without compromising the merit of their degree.”  


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County.  Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit