California’s 1998 Affirmative-Action Ban Still Felt on UC Campuses

Despite spending half a billion dollars on outreach efforts since 1998, University of California officials say they haven’t been able to meet diversity goals.

For many students, including protesters outside the Supreme Court  last week, affirmative action remains important to them.
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March 10, 2014, 7:49 a.m.

Here’s a roundup of the edu­ca­tion art­icles that caught Next Amer­ica’s eye from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10. All ad­dress trends that par­tic­u­larly af­fect minor­ity stu­dents.

Uni­versity of Cali­for­nia Still Struggles to Meet Di­versity Goals. Eight­een years after Cali­for­nia banned af­firm­at­ive ac­tion in col­lege ad­mis­sions, the state’s most se­lect­ive pub­lic uni­versity sys­tem is still strug­gling to meet di­versity goals, UC of­fi­cials say in a friend-of-the-court brief sub­mit­ted to the Su­preme Court. The Su­preme Court is in the pro­cess of re­view­ing an al­most identic­al ban at Michigan’s pub­lic uni­versit­ies. The Wall Street Journ­al

Edu­ca­tion and Pres­id­ent Obama’s 2015 Budget. The pres­id­ent’s pro­posed budget for next year in­cludes a $100 in­crease to the max­im­um Pell Grant award, $7 bil­lion over 10 years to re­ward col­leges that do a good job of gradu­at­ing Pell re­cip­i­ents, and $4 bil­lion over four years to en­cour­age states to main­tain high­er-edu­ca­tion spend­ing. The Chron­icle of High­er Edu­ca­tion has all the de­tails, in­clud­ing pro­posed per­cent in­creases and de­creases in high­er-edu­ca­tion fund­ing. The Chron­icle of High­er Edu­ca­tion

States With Fast-Grow­ing Stu­dent Pop­u­la­tions Spend Least On Edu­ca­tion. The num­ber of K-12 pub­lic-school stu­dents in both Nevada and Ari­zona is ex­pec­ted to grow 20 per­cent over the next dec­ade. Utah will grow by 19 per­cent, Texas by 15 per­cent, and Flor­ida by 14 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to fed­er­al pro­jec­tions. Those states all hap­pen to fall in the bot­tom 10 states in an Edu­ca­tion Week list of state pub­lic edu­ca­tion ex­pendit­ures per pu­pil. His­pan­ic stu­dents will ac­count for al­most all the net growth in school pop­u­la­tion. The At­lantic

Do Trans­fer Stu­dents Earn Less? A work­ing pa­per re­leased by the Na­tion­al Bur­eau of Eco­nom­ic Re­search sug­gests that they might. In Texas, trans­fer stu­dents from non-flag­ship four-year and com­munity col­leges who gradu­ate from the Uni­versity of Texas at Aus­tin go on to earn between 11 per­cent and 14 per­cent less than stu­dents who en­roll in the state flag­ship as fresh­men. Stu­dents who trans­fer to non-flag­ship four-year uni­versit­ies go on to earn 2-4 per­cent less than stu­dents who en­roll as fresh­men. The Chron­icle of High­er Edu­ca­tion

Cost In­creas­ingly Drives Stu­dent En­roll­ment De­cisions. Stu­dents are turn­ing down of­fers from their first-choice col­leges in or­der to head to a less ex­pens­ive uni­versity, ac­cord­ing to the an­nu­al fresh­man sur­vey con­duc­ted by the High­er Edu­ca­tion Re­search In­sti­tute at the Uni­versity of Cali­for­nia (Los Angeles). Stu­dents still say that aca­dem­ic repu­ta­tion and job pro­spects are the most im­port­ant factors in pick­ing a col­lege or uni­versity, but since 1973 in­creas­ing num­bers of fresh­men sur­veyed have also cited avail­ab­il­ity of fin­an­cial aid. The Chron­icle of High­er Edu­ca­tion

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