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    Why California’s Affirmative Action Ban May Have Harmed White Enrollment

    Opinion by Robert Stark

    Most of the whites now admitted are either poor or rich, not middle class like prior UC classes. From Robert Stark at unz.com:

    White UC Freshman enrollment down to abysmal 18.6%

    The LA Times reports that UC campuses have “set records for diversity, as students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups increased to 43.8% of the admitted first-year class. For the third straight year, Latinos were the largest ethnic group at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, white students at 18.6% and Black students at 5.7%.” The article also reports that “About 47% of admitted California first-year students are low-income, and 44% would be the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree.” The article also states that the UC system is “admitting a record number of new students for fall 2022 with “85,268 California first-year applicants — a 1.2% increase of 1,045 students over last year.”

    It is important to point out that this record for diversity and decline in White enrollment, is after Californians rejected Prop 16. Prop 16, which was unanimously endorsed by UC Regents, would have overturned Prop 209, which was passed in 1998, and banned the consideration of race, ethnicity, or gender in public employee hiring and public university admissions. However, universities have other strategies to boost diversity. For instance increasing enrollment, targeted recruitment strategies, and relying more upon personal admissions essays. In 2021 the UC System immediately ended the use of standardized testing in admissions. Another LA Times article on how the UCs are responding to the Affirmative Action ban reported that “the University of California weighs applicants’ socioeconomic status and whether they’re the first in their family to attend college — race-blind strategies meant to increase diversity.” A Wall Street Journal article on new admissions strategies reports that “Efforts to boost diversity could include widening recruiting efforts, getting more context on applicants’ backgrounds and offering spots to students before they even apply.”

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    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of Citizens Journal


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