CA college system wants return of affirmative action

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Berkeley anti-white protestThe controversial policy of affirmative action has been resurrected at the University of California, which oversees a 10-campus system in the state.

By casting a unanimous vote June 15, the Board of Regents informed state legislators it favors returning to race-based admissions standards after Californians voted in 1996 to abolish the practice on state-run campuses.

Approximately 9.6 million Californians cast a ballot on Proposition 209, which passed 54-45 percent almost a quarter-century ago.  

The board also voted in favor of a constitutional amendment, introduced in January, that would repeal Prop 209, CNN reported.

Derryck Green of Project 21 tells OneNewsNow an affirmative action policy fails students by failing to judge them according to their accomplishments, and it “does nothing,” he adds, to close the academic gap between black students and other students.

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, who supports race-based admissions, said in a statement the “aim of the University’s holistic process is to fully understand and evaluate each applicant through multiple dimensions.”

According to UC’s own statistics from the fall of 2019, 26 percent of students enrolled in classes were identified as “underrepresented minorities” in the state system. That percentage represents 74,485 minority students. 

The issue of race-based admissions is not a new one for the California Board of Regents, which was named as a defendant in the 1978 landmark Supreme Court ruling. The high court reviewed the state’s affirmative action policy that denied medical school admission to a white student, Allan Bakke, despite high test scores that were weighed against his age and his race.

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The court’s split rulings called racial quotas unconstitutional but did not entirely strike down affirmative action policies.  

Green says Napolitano favors affirmative action because it promotes “diversity” in the both applicants and admissions.

“But the diversity of the graduation rates go down,” he warns, “because if we're going to mismatch students with colleges they’re not able to compete and keep up, they're going to drop out."

In fact, the University of California was dealing with low graduation rates among minority student as recently as 2019, education website Edsource.org reported last year. 

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