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California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

CSU-Los Angeles says, 'General Education prepares students for advanced study in their chosen academic disciplines and provides a broad foundation for a lifetime of intellectual discovery and personal and professional development. The mission of the General Education program at Cal State LA is: to prepare students with the intellectual skills and habits necessary for success; to provide students with a breadth of knowledge through focused study in a range of disciplines and disciplinary-specific ways of knowing; to encourage students to bridge disciplines and disciplinary-specific ways of knowing; to develop students who are informed citizens and reflective and ethical thinkers actively committed to improving their local and global communities; and to encourage students to become self-motivated and self-directed lifelong learners and leaders in their communities.' [Source]

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/


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FIRE Speech Code School Rating
A yellow light institution maintains policies that could be interpreted to suppress protected speech or policies that, while clearly restricting freedom of speech, restrict relatively narrow categories of speech.

Warning: FIRE believes that free speech is not only a moral imperative, but also an essential element of a college education. However, private universities, as private associations, possess their own right to free association, which allows them to prioritize other values above the right to free speech if they wish to do so. Therefore, when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech, FIRE warns prospective students and faculty members of this fact. Six schools surveyed for this report meet these criteria.
General Education Assessment

California State University - Los Angeles uses one or more of the following instruments to assess undergraduate progress in core collegiate skills: the Council on Aid to Education Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, or the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). For more information, visit www.voluntarysystem.org.

Curriculum last evaluated: 7/16/2019

2018-19 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.