May 15, 1989
Though well-intentioned, Brown's article misleads readers by presenting facts subjectively. It's true, for example, that Fresno City College sent only one black and four Latinos to UC schools in 1986. But the reason, which Brown fails to note, is because FCC's minorities and non-minorities overwhelmingly favor Fresno State as their "transfer school" because of its convenient location, low cost, and solid reputation. Though Brown may disapprove of their choice, thousands of minority students who've elected to transfer to Fresno State have earned degrees there and prospered.
October 17, 1986
Responding to predictions that University of California enrollment will swell by 21% by the turn of the century, a member of the UC Board of Regents proposed building a 10th campus, to be located in Fresno. Leo S. Kolligian, a Fresno attorney, asked his colleagues to study the idea of a campus to serve the "neglected" Central Valley residents, but the board, meeting at UC Irvine, took no action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1988
Larry Gordon wrote a well-researched article "Eastern Colleges: Recruiters Offer West a Taste of Ivy" (Part I, Dec. 13). However, I would like to offer a somewhat different perspective based on personal experiences shared by my son and myself. Many local teen-agers are increasingly interested in Eastern schools as it is becoming almost impossible for them to get into the big name UC schools due to overenrollment and competition. My son, a junior with a 3.6 honor-roll average and a star athlete, has little to no chance of making UC Berkeley, and may not qualify for UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2000
Re "UC, Take Down the 'Not Wanted' Signs," Commentary Jan. 31: Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante noted that despite a 30% increase in admission offers to top minority students at UC medical schools, enrollment of those students dropped 12.5%. Bustamante suggests that the drop in enrollment is due to the students' perception that they are "not wanted." Would a student apply for admission if he did not intend to enroll if admitted? Surely, the failure to enroll must be because of admissions to more prestigious schools, scholarships, etc. In my view, the increase in admissions offers shows that equal access is being achieved notwithstanding the UC anti-affirmative action policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2011 |
The state auditor Thursday called on the University of California to be more transparent about how it distributes money among its campuses and asked why four campuses with high proportions of black, Latino and Native American students receive lower per-capita funding than some other UC schools. The auditor's report also criticized UCLA for "wrongfully" using $5 million from a student activities fund to construct a student center and for plans, since abandoned, to tap the fund further to renovate the Pauley Pavilion basketball arena.
May 14, 2012 |
The Times' April 30 editorial, " The danger of UC autonomy ," which challenges our proposal for modernizing University of California governance, deserves a response. First, the editorial predicts that allowing each campus more autonomy would risk turning highly sought-after schools such as UC Berkeley and UCLA into institutions that serve most wealthy students, while qualified middle-class applicants would be drawn to other, less competitive UC schools. The editorial doesn't mention the recently announced Middle Class Access Plan for Berkeley, whereby no UC Berkeley student from a family in the $80,000 to $140,000 household income range would pay more than 15% of family income for tuition, books and living expenses.