I think it's 500 for both when I applied a few years ago. It's still fairly low, like you said. My school "remedies" that by having students take a mandatory math proficiency exam and your score determines the level of math you need/can take. Those who placed under are required to take a remedial basic course for no credit (it's free) before they can take a higher level class. There's a loop hole though. If you're working towards a BA, apparently students take a math theory class to fulfill the math requirement.The CUNYs did raise their admissions standards, but not to a "very high" point at all. IMO, the SATs needed for the CUNY senior colleges are still fairly lowish - CR 480, math 480/500. But the colleges feel that at that level, the kids don't need remedial classes in math and English.
I don't have any problem with four year colleges (public and private) turning away students who are not ready for college-level work, so long as there is a place for those students to get caught up. So long as the ccs (or something else) are there for such students, I'm not opposed to this idea.
I placed into calculus and I was exempt from having to take a high level math class, since I'm working towards a BA. BS majors all are required to do so. I ended up taking Applied Mathematics. It was difficult but I learned about compound interest rates!
Despite the average/low admission standards, the CPE is supposed to the crack down on low success. CUNY honors have been all the rage since I started. To me, I think there's been an increasing divide amongst the students, in which Honors suggest that your education is better and they are perks involved. I turned down the invite because I'm perfectly happy taking non-honors classes, which has been an incredible experience so far.