End of Affirmative Action in UC System


End of Affirmative Action in UC System


After a daylong meeting marked by emotional debate, peaceful protests and political grandstanding, University of California regents took a historic step late Thursday, abolishing race-based preferences in students admissions, hiring and contracting.

The policy change will force UC to stop using "race, religion, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin" as criteria in its admission decisions, beginning Jan. 1, 1997, and in hiring and contracting decisions beginning Jan. 1, 1996.

The vote made UC the first university system in the nation to scale back its affirmative action programs.

An analysis of enrollment statistics by university officials, conducted at the regents' request, indicated that so-called race-neutral admission policies would probably decrease the number of black and Latino students, particularly on the most popular campuses (Wallace & Lesheruc, 1995).


Wallace, Amy & Lesheruc, Dave. (1995, July 21). Regents, in Historic Vote, Wipe Out Affirmative Action : Diversity: Decision signals end of California's national leadership in opening top universities to minorities. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1995-07-21/news/mn-26379_1_regents-vote-affirmative-action-university-of-california-regents
Image: Phan, Suzanne. (1995, October 16). 'Freedom City' Attracts 500. The UCSD Guardian, 86(8), p1. Retrieved from https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb59397093






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