PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release July 30, 2019

Dawn Urbanek
CUSDWatch
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California Taxpayers demand a federal investigation of the University of California, Office of the President for discriminatory admissions policies.

The University of California sells a disproportionate number of seats to students from the People's Republic of China while denying access to California's highest achieving students, in violation of state and federal law, and the University of California's Master Plan for Higher Education.  

As a taxpayer funded educational institution, diversity on California campuses  is suppose to reflect the diversity of the State. It does not. 

Diversity of California 2018 Census
African American  6.5%
American Indian  1.6%
Chicano Latino   39.3%
Under Represented Groups   47.4%
Asian  15.3%
Pacific Islander  0.5%
White  36.8%
 Total  100%
 
% of Asian Students Domestic Int
Berkeley    44% 38% 6%
Davis   52% 39%  13% 
Irvine   60% 45%  15% 
Los Angeles  43% 36%  7% 
Merced   32% 29%  3% 
Riverside  48%  40%  8% 
San Diego  50%  39%  11% 
Santa Barbara  47%  35%  12% 
Santa Cruz 44% 33%  11% 

 

The University of California is a taxpayer funded educational institution that operates under a Master Plan mandate that requires California resident students to be given priority enrollment.  

The Master Plan defines access and differentiation of admission pools based on merit not diversity.

UC was to select from among the top one-eighth (12.5%) of the high school graduating class.

CSU was to select from among the top one-third (33.3%) of the high school graduating class.

Calif. Community Colleges were to admit any student capable of benefiting from instruction.

California law also guarantees admission based on merit.

“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.” [CA Education Code 66202.5]

As a result of discriminatory admission policies, approximately 10,700 California resident students per year, are financially harmed. Qualified California resident students that are denied an appropriate seat are forced to spend an average of $40,000 per year in additional tuition and fees to attend an "appropriate" out-of-state, or private college or university. That is an additional college expense of $160,000 per student [$1.7 billion dollars per year out of the pockets of California taxpayers].

According to a 2015 State Audit the University of California denies California resident students equality of educational opportunity:

"...over the past 10 years, the university began denying admission to an increasing number of residents to the campuses of their choice. If residents are eligible for admission to the university and are not offered admission to the campuses of their choice, the university offers them spots at an alternative campus through what it calls a referral process. In contrast, nonresidents, if admitted, are always admitted to at least one campus of their choice. Of particular concern is that, over the same time period, the university’s campuses denied admission to nearly 4,300 residents whose academic scores met or exceeded all of the median scores for nonresidents whom the university admitted to the campus of their choice.  According to the university, the referral process is critical to it meeting its Master Plan commitment to admit the top 12.5 percent of residents. However, few of the residents whom the university admits and refers to an alternate campus ultimately enroll. In academic year 2014–15 for example, 55 percent of residents to whom the university offered admission to one of the campuses to which they applied enrolled, while only 2 percent of the 10,700 residents placed in the referral pool enrolled."

[Note: UC Merced is not an "appropriate" placement for students in the Top 12.5% of their high school graduating class]

In 2019, the LAO confirmed that this practice continues. 

LAO: 2019-20 Budget: February 19, 2019 Higher Education Analysis page 39

"Eligible Students Have Access to UC System, Not First-Choice Campus. For both freshman and transfer applicants, eligibility guarantees admission to the UC system but not to a particular campus. When applicants are not admitted to their campus of choice, UC refers them to less-selective campuses. Currently, Merced serves as the referral campus for freshman applicants, whereas both Riverside and Merced serve as referral campuses for transfer applicants."

"High School Graduates Projected to Decline Slightly. The Department of Finance projects a 0.8 percent decline in the number of high school graduates in 2018-19 and a 0.4 percent decline in 2019-20. This means that, all other factors staying the same, enrollment demand for freshman slots in 2020-21 would decrease accordingly. This slight decline in high school graduates over the next two years also suggests that enrollment growth at UC could be a lower priority for the Legislature."

LAO: 2019-20 Budget: February 19, 2019 Higher Education Analysis page 43

"Many Students Not Getting Into Campus of Choice. Although UC is admitting all eligible freshman applicants, some of these applications are redirected to Merced. In fall 2017, 10,700 eligible freshman applicants (14 percent) were referred to Merced. Very few of these students (119 or 1.1 percent) elected to enroll at that campus. Students who do not accept admission at UC may end up attending CSU, a private school, or a community college (then transferring to a four-year school, including UC, upon completing their lower-division coursework). Supporting more enrollment growth could enable UC to accommodate more applicants at their campus of choice. The Legislature could weigh this benefit against its other budget priorities."

 

Campus of Choice

The UC has once again unilaterally changed admission policies for the class of 2020, it will now only guarantee qualified California residents a seat on a space available basis. That is no "guarantee" at all.

From the University of California Admissions: Freshman: California Residents 

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Academic Qualifications

The University of California denies California residents students admission even though they are academically more qualified.

University of California Admitted Freshman Profiles for the Fall of 2018
 Campus Freshman Admits Freshman Applicants Admit Rate GPA ACT Composite ACT English SAT English SAT Math SAT Essay
UC Berkeley 13,333 89,614 14.9% 4.16 - 4.30 30 - 35 28 - 32 660 - 750 680 - 790 16 - 20
UCLA  16,020  113,748 14.1% 4.16 - 4.31 31 - 35 29 - 32 670 - 750 690 - 790 16 - 20
UC Irvine  27,334  95,062 28.8 4.00 - 4.36 26 -3 3 24 - 31 600 - 710 630 - 780 15 - 18
UC San Diego 29,577   97,899 30.2% 4.02 - 4.28 28 - 34 27 - 31 640 - 730 660 - 790 16 - 18
UC Santa Barbara  29,782   92,305 32.3%  4.00 - 4.26  28 - 34  26 - 31  630 - 720 640 - 780  15 - 18 
UC Davis  32,179  78,024 41.2% 3.97 - 4.25 26 - 33 24 - 31 600 - 700 620 - 780 15 - 18
UC Santa Cruz 26,997  56,634  47.7% 3.76 - 4.16 26 - 32 24 - 30 590 - 700 620 - 750 14 - 18
UC RIverside 24,993   49,079 50.9% 3.66 - 4.09 22 -30 22 - 29 570 - 670 560 - 710 14 - 17
UC Merced 16,821 23,136  66.9% 3.46 - 3.96 19 - 27 19 - 26  510 - 630 510 - 650 13 - 17 

 

Academic Profile

International Freshman
* Based on Office of Undergraduate Admissions data; enrollment estimate as of February 2018.
GPA 3.93 (unweighted)
ACT (middle 50%) 33-34 (average: 33)
SAT  (middle 50%) 1420-1480 (average: 1454)
Number of Countries 74
Admitted Students 1,341
Admit Rate 8.7%

 

Supporting Documentation

Fall 2019 Admissions tables

2018 University of California Total International Student Enrollment

40,122 International students

88% from Asia and the Middle East 

61% are from the People's Republic of China

12% from the rest of the world

This is not "Diversity". That is a National Security Risk.

Diversity of California 2018 Census
African American  6.5%
American Indian  1.6%
Chicano Latino   39.3%
Under Represented Groups   47.4%
Asian  15.3%
Pacific Islander  0.5%
White  36.8%
 Total  100%
 
% of Asian Students Domestic Int
Berkeley    44% 38% 6%
Davis   52% 39%  13% 
Irvine   60% 45%  15% 
Los Angeles  43% 36%  7% 
Merced   32% 29%  3% 
Riverside  48%  40%  8% 
San Diego  50%  39%  11% 
Santa Barbara  47%  35%  12% 
Santa Cruz 44% 33%  11% 

  

  Berkeley   Davis Irvine
African Americans   634 4% 1,127  4% 968 4% 
American Indian  97 0% 146  0% 87  1%
Chicano   3,193 23% 7,246  26% 6,244  27%
Under Represented Groups Sub-Total   3,924 27% 8,519  30% 7,299  32%
Asian  5,446 38% 10,536  39% 10,135 45%
Pacific Islander 36 0% 96  0% 56  0%
White 3,673 19% 7,317  27% 4,639 20%
Decline to State 614 3% 877  3% 723  3%
Other California Transfers 45 0%  242  1%  231 0%
Domestic Sub-Total 13,850 72% 27,587 68% 23,083 66%
Out of State 3,462 18% 3,939  10% 3,067 9% 

International 

Note: 88% of International enrollment if from Asia and the Middle East. Of that, 61% is from the People's Republic of China

1,980

10% 

6%+

8,824

22% 

13%+

8,820

25%  

15%+

Total Asian  Berkeley   44%+       Davis        52%+      Irvine       60%+
Non-Resident Sub -Total 5,442 28% 12,763  32% 11,887  34%
Total New Student Enrollment 2019-20 19,292  100%  40,350  100%  34,970  100%

 

  Los Angeles Merced Riverside
African Americans   784  6% 1,100   6%  1,547  5%
American Indian  93  0% 71   0%  109  0%
Chicano   3,036  24%  9,673  50%  11,173  36%
Under Represented Groups Sub-Total   3,940  31%  10,844  56%  12,829  41%
Asian  4,588  36%
 5,550  29%  12,639  40%
Pacific Islander  37  0%  58 0%   69  0%
White  3,544  28%  2,291  12%  4,774  15%
Decline to State  505  4%  442  2%  785  3%
Other California Transfers  243  2%  28  0%  164  0%
Domestic Sub-Total  12,857 68%  19,213  93%  31,260 86% 
Out of State  3,884  20%  370 2%   1,064 3% 

International 

Note: 88% of International enrollment if from Asia and the Middle East of that 61% is from the People's Republic of China

 2,208

12%

7%+

 933

5% 

3%+

 4,114

11% 

8%+

Total Asian    UCLA      43%   Merced     32% Riverside   48%  
Non-Resident Sub -Total  6,092 4%  1303 6%   5178  14%
Total New Student Enrollment 2019-20  18,949 100%  20,516  100%  36,438 100% 

 

  San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz
African Americans   1,043  4%  1,028  4% 1,096  4%
American Indian  132  0%  162  0%  152  1%
Chicano   7,172  27%  6,928  27%  7,190  27%
Under Represented Groups Sub-Total   8,347  31%  7,578  31%  8,438  32%
Asian Domestic   10,734 39%  9,021  35%  8,824  33%
Pacific Islander  59  0%  66  0%  75  0%
White  6,743  25%  7,230  29%  8,058  31%
Decline to State  897  3%  867  3%  806  3%
Other California Transfers  573  2%  496  2% 158  0%
Domestic Sub-Total 27,353  64%  25,798  69% 26,241  74%
Out of State   7,943  19%  4,131 11%  3,044 8% 

International 

Note: 88% of International enrollment if from Asia and the Middle East of that 61% is from the People's Republic of China

7,517

18%

11%+

7,247

19% 

12%+

6,482

18% 

11%

Total Asian    San Diego      50% Santa Barbara 47%  Santa Cruz   44%
Non-Resident Sub -Total  15,460  36%  11,378  31%  9,526 26% 
Total New Student Enrollment 2019-20  42,813  100%  37,176  100%  35,925  100%