University of California is boosting enrollment among state’s residents. Per LA Times, UCLA and UC Berkeley each enrolled a 1,000 extra Californians. Among the freshmen is the largest number of Latinos and Afro-Americans since the state placed a ban on affirmative action 20 years ago.
“It’s such a treat to be able to admit more Californians this year and to see that diversity among our California admitted students has increased as well,” said Amy Jarich, Director of Admissions at UC Berkeley.
At the beginning of 2016, a state audit accused UC of preferring out-of-state and international students at the expense of Californians, even though the former pay higher tuition.
“I think it’s a significant start, but we still have a long way to go…California students must come first,” claimed a Democratic Assemblyman, Mike Gipson.
Under a deal to admit more California residents, UC will get extra $25 million in state funding to accept 5,000 more state residents. The campuses will also accept more minorities. For example, Westwood-based campus now offers 38% more seats to Afro-Americans. Latino population among freshmen will also get a boost, estimated to be 20% increase. Meanwhile, the percentage of Asian Americans will decrease from 42% to 39% of the total students.
When it comes to UCLA, this campus “has aggressively recruited promising African-American students,” according to LA Times. Meanwhile, there’s a debate as to whether the Asian Americans are held to a higher standard when it comes to admissions.