Critics Argue Tougher Admissions Threaten UC's Diversity

UC Board Of Regents Considers Raising Standards

Because too many students are eligible for University of California schools, the Board of Regents is considering raising admission standards.

However, there is concern about the proposal to raise the minimum grade point average from 2.8 to 3.1.

While this may shrink the pool of eligible students, some argue the ones who would be affected are minority students -- students who are already severely underrepresented.

"And Latinos and African-Americans tend to have greater rates of poverty than other groups do," said Sociology professor Dr. John Skretny. "So any new rule that raises standards in GPA is going to disproportionately impact black and Latino students."

University of California, San Diego senior Marla Alvarado said, "If they raise the GPA, you can already see the trend of African-American and Latino students going down."

This year, UCSD has 3,900 incoming freshmen -- 1 percent are African American, 1 percent are Native American and 14 percent are Latino.

While a significant number of UC students are Asian Pacific Islander, administrators agree more needs to be done to diversify the campus while making the admissions more competitive.

UCSD Chancellor Mary Anne Fox said, "We're not big enough to accommodate every student, so there has to be some but changes. Whether this is the appropriate one will be subject of additional discussion."

According to 10News, that discussion will take place this Thursday at University of California, San Francisco. Students from all the state plan to protest the Regent's meeting.

If approved, the new standards would go into effect by 2007.

UCSD Freshman Head To Class With Highest GPAs Ever

A record number of students began the fall quarter at the University of California San Diego Monday, 10News reported.

About 26,000 students are enrolled, including almost 4,000 freshmen. Their average high school grade point average is 3.96.

New on campus this year are the Chancellor Mary Anne Fox and the Rady School of Management.

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