Less than six months after a scathing audit of its budgetary practices, the University of California (UC) once again betrayed the trust of Californians and the Legislature by admitting more out-of-state students – who each pay an additional $26,000 in annual fees – over Californians who are eligible for lower, in-state tuition rates.
“UC officials are tone deaf and insensitive to Californians and to the Master Plan for Higher Education,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). “California taxpayers subsidize the University of California so that their children may attend and learn to be competitive in this global economy. Instead, UC officials are admitting non-Californians to the detriment of California students.”
Releasing its fall 2017 admissions numbers, the University of California announced Thursday a drop of 1.7 percent in its in-state freshmen class from 2016. Approximately 70,000 freshmen have been offered admissions at the nine UC campuses.
UC Berkeley and UCLA, the world’s most renowned public universities, admitted the least Californians in favor of out-of-state students. UC Berkeley admitted 19.7 percent of California students, while UCLA has a dismal rate of 14.6 percent.
UC policies and refusal to change its corporate culture provoked bi-partisan condemnation resulting in numerous audits of its practices.
Earlier this year, Senator Nielsen introduced Senate Bill 592 to require the UC to increase transparency by breaking down the in-state versus out-of-state admission rates of each year’s freshman class according to the number of applications received, the number of students offered of admission, and the number of students enrolled. This bill is currently in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.