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UC, state lawmakers respond to audit claiming system admits too many out-of-state students




Students walk near Sather Tower on the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California.
Students walk near Sather Tower on the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California.
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University of California schools are often a top choice for students around the country and the world, as many of the higher-tiered campuses offer top-notch educational opportunities...if you can get in.

But one of the primary purposes of the UC system is to offer an affordable, accessible education to Californians, and a recent audit from the State Auditor’s Office says the UC isn’t doing enough to serve in-state students.

The audit claims the UC system is hurting California residents by admitting too many out-of-state students, and suggests fixes including capping enrollment, raising the bar for admitting out-of-state students, and recruiting more people from here in California, especially underrepresented minorities. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gipson called for the audit over a year ago and says he’s upset with the findings.

The UC responded with a report of its own, calling the state auditor’s assertions “false and misleading” and saying that the UC has always stuck to the Master Plan for Higher Education. President Janet Napolitano has said the results are “unfair and unwarranted” and “disappointingly pre-baked.”

Report: UC decisions have put California resident students at a disadvantage

Guests:

Mike Gipson (D-Carson), California Assemblyman representing the 64th District, which includes Compton, Carson, and Willowbrook

Steve Montiel, Press Secretary, UC Office of the President