June7, 2002

Assembly Passes Measure Addressing Drop in Minority Rates at UC Graduate and Professional Schools

SACRAMENTO - A measure that addresses the significant decline of minorities in the University of California graduate and professional schools passed the State Assembly on May 20th, and will now head to the State Senate.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 178, introduced by Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante and Assemblymembers Manny Diaz (D-San Jose) and Marco Firebaugh (D-Cudahy), aims to increase access to the diverse number of students in California.

“With the increasing diversity of the general population in California, the low rates of underrepresented students of color in the UC graduate and professional schools are completely unacceptable,” stated Assemblymember Manny Diaz. “We aim to promote system-wide changes to create more equitable UC graduate admissions policies to ensure that students of color have greater access to the system.”

Over the last seven years, the number of underrepresented students of color applying, being admitted and enrolling in UC graduate programs and professional schools has dramatically dropped despite the  increasing diversity of Cali-fornia’s population.

The proposed changes request that the University of California prohibit standardized test scores from being used as the sole criterion for consideration OR as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. Standardized tests are major obstacles for under-represented people of color because of the over-reliance placed on these exams.

The measure also requests the UC Regents implement a comprehensive review or “holistic” approach in their admissions process of its graduate programs and professional schools. This would require the consideration of a broader variety of academic and personal qualifications by the end of the 2002-03 academic year.

“Limiting educational opportunities in higher education at the graduate and professional school level perpetuates inequity among Californians,” stated Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante and  Ex-Officio Member of the UC Board of Regents. 

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