Rally held to protest UC admissions policy

February 10, 2010 4:24:15 PM PST
Protestors rallied at the state capitol on Wednesday against a new UC admissions policy.

Starting in 2012 it will trim guaranteed admission from the top 12.5 percent of the state's high school graduates to the top ten percent.

Opponents say it will have a devastating effect on diversity in the UC system.

One study says African American enrollment, for example, would drop 27 percent.

"It's in the interest of all of us as a legislator, as elected officials, as parents, as university regents to have a diverse California that really reflects the population," Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park said.

California's constitution allows the UC system to control its admission policies without state oversight.