California Dems Want Constitutional Amendment Allowing Public Universities To Consider Race And Gender When Selecting Students For Admission…
Constitutionally-enshrined affirmative action.
Via Campus Reform:
The University of California may be able to consider race, gender, and national origin when selecting students for admission if a state constitutional amendment passes this November.
The proposed amendment, SCA-5, would nullify restrictions imposed by Proposition 209, which restricts admission standards on the basis of “race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.” Proposition 209 was originally approved in 1996 in order to prohibit state institutions from giving preferential treatment to select individuals for public employment, public contracting, or public education.
SCA-5 has to pass the California State Assembly to appear as a referendum on the ballot in November. State Senator Edward Hernandez (D) authored the legislation as a response to the decrease in minority enrollment within the UC system.
The UC Board of Regents will only take a stance on SCA-5 if it makes it to the ballot, Shelly Meron, a spokeswoman for the UC Office of the President, told The Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara’s student-run newspaper.
Additionally, any policy changes would have to go through a long implementation process in the UC system, where it would be have to be reviewed and approved by the by the Board of Regents and Academic Senate, she said.