CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF FAIR ADMISSION OF CALIFORNIA RESIDENT STUDENTS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS, The University of California is a taxpayer funded educational institution that operates under a Master Plan Mandate that requires California residents to be given priority enrollment.
WHEREAS, The University of California Master Plan mandate specifies that the University of California is to guarantee admission to all graduates of California Public High Schools that are in the top 1/8, (12 1/2 per cent) of their high school graduating class.
WHEREAS, California Education Code Section 66202.5 States:
"The University of California and the California State University are expected to plan that adequate spaces are available to accommodate all California resident students who are eligible and likely to apply to attend an appropriate place within the system.The State of California likewise reaffirms its historic commitment to ensure that resources are provided to make this expansion possible, and shall commit resources to ensure that [eligible] students ….. are accommodated in a place within the system.”
WHEREAS, The University of California has unilateraly modified the Master Plan Madate such that it no longer complies with Education Code 66202.5.
WHEREAS, The University of California's Admissions and Financial Decisions Disadvantage California Resident Students by denying California Resident students admission to a school of their choice. In contrast, Out of State and International students are guaranteed admission to at least one school of their choice.
WHEREAS, California Resident students who are eligible for admission to the University of California, and are not offered admission to the Campus of their choice, the University offers them spots at an alternative campus through a referral process. In contrast, nonresidents, if admitted, are always admitted to at least one campus of their choice.
WHEREAS, a 2015 Audit of the University of California found that the University had denied admission to 4,300 resident students whose academic scores met or exceeded all of the median scores for nonresidents whom the University admitted to a campus of their choice.
WHEREAS, Qualified California resident students placed in the referral pool are offered UC Merced as their only admissions option.
WHEREAS, the 2015 Audit of the University of California found that less than 2% of students placed into the referral pool that were offered UC Merced actually enrolled. UC Merced is not an "appropriate" placement for any California Resident student in the top 12.5% of their high school graduating class. UC is operating outside the spirit of the law and it's Master Plan Mandate by denying "qualified" California resident students an appropriate seat at, at least one school of their choice.
WHEREAS, Qualified California resident enrollment has declined from 87% in 2011 to 76% in 2018 as a result of changes to UC's admission policies which favor Out-of -State and International student enrollment over CA resident students.
WHEREAS, Out of State and International student enrollment has increased from 13% in 2011 to 24% in 2018 as a result of policies that favor Out-of-State and International student enrollment over CA resident students.
WHEREAS, The California Legislature expressed it's desire to have the University of California student population reflect the diversity of the State. However, the current ethnic make-up of International students is so strongly weighted to students from Asia and the Middle East the student population no longer reflects the diversity of the State of California.
88% of the International students come from Asia and the Middle East.
61% of the 88% are from The Peoples Republic of China.
12% represent all other countries in the World
WEREAS, The University of California has denied qualified California resident students equality of educational opportunity. It is International and Out-of-State students that are given priority enrollment in violation of State law, and the UC Master Plan Mandate. As a result these students have been financially damaged by having to seek admission to Out-of State and Private Universities outside the UC sytem in order to be o be admited to an "appropriate" College or University. The difference between in-state tuition at a UC and Out of State or Private tuition outside the UC is approximately $44,000 per year. Over four years that is $176,000. Contrast that to an International or Out -of-State student that attends California schools at $44,000 per year.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees for the Capistrano Unified School District supports enfocrement of Education Code Section 66202.5, and requests that the Attorney General for the State of California mandate that the University of California comply with the law and the original intent of the UC Master Plan Mandate which was to guarantee admission to all "QUALIFIED" graduates of California Public High Schools that are in the top 1/8, (12 1/2 per cent) of their high school graduating class; and give them admission to at least one UC School of their choice.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Trustees of the Capistrano Unified School District on __________, by the following vote.