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Public hearing to change the admissions criteria for Biotechnology, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering beginning in 2020-2021 to comply with CSU enrollment goals.


Notice is hereby given that California State University San Marcos will hold public hearings to receive comments and evidence on the proposed change in admissions policies related to biotechnology, electrical engineering, and software engineering.

Tuesday, March 5th
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Palomar College
Governing Board Room – SSC 1
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
Wednesday, March 6th
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Mira Costa College 
Room OC 3101       
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
Thursday, March 7th
6:00 – 7:00 pm 
California State University San Marcos
Craven Hall 3700
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Any person may present oral comments at the public hearings. Persons with similar concerns or opinions are encouraged to choose one representative to speak. Time limitations on presentations will be imposed.

Public Comment and submital of evidence

Comments will be accepted until 5 pm on Wednesday, March 13th.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposal are invited to submit their comments in writing to Graham Oberem, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at the address below or send them electronically to: To be evaluated and considered by campus personnel and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, all written comments and evidence must be received by the campus by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 13th. Late submittal of written comments or evidence will not be allowed or accepted into the record for this matter without a showing of good cause for the delay. In no event will late submittal of written comments or evidence be allowed or accepted if any party would be unduly prejudiced by the late submittal or if staff or the campus would not have an adequate opportunity to review, consider and respond to the comments or evidence.

 Scope of Hearings and Hearings Procedures

CSUSM proposes full program impaction for three academic majors: Biotechnology, Software Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. CSUSM would allow up to 5 percent of its enrolled new student class to be comprised of students who do not meet the applicable CSUSM impaction threshold but do meet the CSU eligibility threshold. This would allow the campus to admit a limited number of CSU-eligible students with promise or talent who would otherwise be denied based on impaction criteria.

Availability of Documents

The tentative supporting documents and Notice of Public Hearing that describes the proposed change and explains the need for the change will be distributed at these hearings and are available for review and copying by appointment on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Craven Hall 3700 (Cougar Central)
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096