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University of California Wants to Change Admission Policies


The Sacramento Bee ran this column by Peter Schrag on Nov. 7, regarding proposals to change admission policies in the UC system. The key point is that UC’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS –yikes!) wants to get rid of the requirement that applicants have taken SAT II tests. Why? Because having the requirement “denies the campuses the opportunity to choose students who might contribute more than those admitted now.”

Ah, the old “student contributions” excuse. What this means is that UC wants to admit more “diverse” students with weaker academic backgrounds on the assumption that because of their life experiences, they’ll “contribute” more to the campus.

That makes sense only if you view the purpose of college as a big mixing bowl where everyone learns about and comes to “appreciate” everyone else’s culture. If, on the other hand, you see the purpose of college as being to teach students about important fields of knowledge, then the supposed “contributions” are entirely irrelevant.


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