September 26, 2007 |
IMAGINE, FOR A MOMENT, that a program designed to aid disadvantaged students might, instead, be seriously undermining their performance. Imagine that the schools administering the programs were told that the programs might be having this boomerang effect -- but that no one investigated further because the programs were so popular and the prospect of change was so politically controversial. Now imagine that an agency had collected enough information on student performance that it might, by carefully studying or releasing the data, illuminate both the problem and the possible solutions.
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.
April 22, 2014
Re "California students feel UC squeeze," April 19 When I was a student at UC Santa Barbara, I appreciated the diversity both in terms of ethnicity and geography on campus. Still, I was disturbed to read that non-Californians are being sought for enrollment as a way to boost the University of California system's bottom line. Enrolling students for this reason may actually detract from campus diversity on a socioeconomic level. If the university system is seeking students who can afford to pay $23,000 extra a year, it is inherently seeking out students of more affluent backgrounds.