The law is in response to a University of California policy that “made it more difficult for California residents to gain admission.”
BERKELEY, CA — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will require out-of-state students to meet or exceed academic qualifications of California resident students when applying to the University of California.
The bill was sponsored by East Bay Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, who acted after the non-partisan, independent State Auditor found that UC admission practices heavily favored nonresident students, who pay higher tuition. The report noted, “The university’s decision to increase the enrollment of nonresidents has made it more difficult for California residents to gain admission to the university.”
The report went on to say that the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education specifies that “the university should only admit nonresidents who possess academic qualifications that are equivalent to those of the upper half of residents who are eligible for admission.” However, after relaxing admission standards for non-residents in 2011, “the university admitted nearly 16,000 nonresidents whose scores fell below the median scores for admitted residents at the same campus on every academic test score and grade point average that we evaluated.”
“The University of California needs to put California students first, and not tip the admissions scales unfairly to nonresidents,” said Assemblywoman Baker. “Hard-working and highly-qualified California students should not be turned away from admission simply because they pay lower tuition than a nonresident student.”
AB 1674 received unanimous, bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly prior to receiving the Governor’s signature.