Posts Tagged ‘University of California’

California Affirmative Action: Campus Diversity Suffers Under Race-Blind Policies

Friday, April 27th, 2012


(Huffington Post) Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't?

With an emphatic "no," they made California the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as hiring and contracting.

Since then, California's most selective public colleges and graduate schools have struggled to assemble student bodies that reflect the state's demographic mix.

Universities around the country could soon face the same challenge. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to revisit the thorny issue of affirmative action less than a decade after it endorsed the use of race as a factor in college admissions.

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California Proposition 209: Minority Enrollments Down In UC Schools Despite Diversity Efforts

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

(California Watch) More than a decade after California law banned race-conscious admissions, outreach and financial aid at public universities, the state's most selective public university system has seen a significant impact on its ability to increase enrollments of African American, Latino and American Indian students.

A ruling by the Supreme Court ending race-based preferences in college admissions would have a limited effect in California because state law already prohibits it. But as other states consider the effects of a Supreme Court ruling on their own college populations, they might observe what's happened in the Golden State.

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Federal court to hear new challenge to California’s affirmative action ban

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race and ethnicity as factors in public university admissions.

In arguments set for Monday in San Francisco, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider the latest challenge to voter-approved Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action programs in all public agencies across the state.

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Asian Americans In University Of California System Decrease, Replaced By Students From China

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

(Huffington Post) As the University of California looks to shore up its shaky financial situation in the face of decreased funding from Sacramento, the system's effort to increase the proportion of out-of-state students has had an interesting effect–pushing out Asian American students at the expense of Chinese ones.

According to a Bloomberg report, in the years since administrators instructed U.C. San Diego to bring in more out-of-state students, the number of Chinese students enrolled at the Southern California university has seen a twelve-fold increase.

During the same period, the total number of Asian American students in the entire system decreased by just under 30 percent.

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Lure of Chinese Tuition Squeezes Out Asian-Americans

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

(Beritabiz) Kwanhyun Park, the 18-year-old son of Korean immigrants, spent four years at Beverly Hills High School earning the straight As and high test scores he thought would get him into the University of California, San Diego. They weren’t enough.

The sought-after school, half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, admitted 1,460 fewer California residents this year to accept higher-paying students from out-of-state, many from China.

“I was shocked,” said Park, who also was rejected from four other UC schools, including the top-ranked campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles, even with a 4.0 grade-point average and an SAT score above the UC San Diego average. “I took it terribly. I felt like I was doing well and I failed.”

The University of California system, rocked by budget cuts, is enrolling record numbers of out-of-state and international students, who pay almost twice that of in-state residents. Among those being squeezed out: high-achieving Asian-Americans, many of them children of immigrants, who for decades flocked to the state’s elite public colleges to move up the economic ladder.

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Should African American and Hispanic students avoid community colleges?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

( Many of the Oakland Unified School District African American and Hispanic students are not college ready by the time they graduate from high school. As a result their legibility rates for the University of California and California State University are very low.

Many of these unprepared high school graduates enroll in community colleges hoping to transfer to 4-year institutions after 2-years. Some are accepted in 4-year learning institutions where they spend close to two years taking remedial courses.

A study by Saul Geyser and Richard C. Atkinson published in 2010 concluded, “California’s poor record of B.A. attainment could be significantly improved if more students entered 4-year baccalaureate programs directly from high school.”

The study raises serious questions about the future of African American and Hispanic students. These students need to be aware attending a community college may reduce their chances of completing a 4-year college study.

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More #blacks at UC San Diego, despite #racist party

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

(San Jose Mercury News) There will be more black freshmen on the University of California, San Diego, campus this fall, but statistics released by the university shows African Americans represent less than 2 percent of the incoming class.

UC San Diego stepped up efforts to recruit black students after an off-campus “Compton Cookout” party mocking African Americans made national headlines and led to protests.

The university says there will be 68 black freshman this fall, up from 50 last year.

Of the incoming class of 4,206, Asian Americans make up 48 percent. White students are 20 percent of the class and 16 percent are Hispanic.

Other UC campuses plan to release their enrollment figures next month.

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