Questions Persist in Admission of VIP Students to UC
A May 6 Los Angeles Times story exposed several cases of underqualified students being admitted to the University of California system because of the clout or donor history of their parents or friends. While UC officials maintain a quid pro quo system does not exist, several cases suggest there is a more subtle preference system in place for the children of VIPs. UC Regent Ward Connerly, one of the VIPs who helped a student get admitted, has recently called for a report on all UC scholarship programs for women and members of certain racial or ethnic groups. Connerly, who last July led the Board of Regents in its decision to dismantle affirmative action, is the co-chair of the self-titled "California Civil Rights Initiative," a measure on the November ballot in California which would eliminate affirmative action and gut sex discrimination law.
Media Resources: The Los Angeles Times - May 6, 1996; The San Francisco Chronicle - May 7, 1996
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