Ten years after California voters banned racial preferences in university admissions, the percentage of Asian-American students attending University of California campuses has soared, making them the single largest ethnic group. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:
Asian-Americans â€“ 14.1 percent of California’s 2005 high school graduating class â€“ make up 41.8 percent of the freshman class at UC campuses, up from 36 percent a decade ago.
Meanwhile, blacks at 3 percent and whites at 32.2 percent make up smaller shares of UC’s freshman class than they did previously. Latinos account for 16.3 percent of UC freshmen, up from 13 percent a decade ago, but still less than half their 36.5 percentage of state high school graduates.
Asian-American students are far more likely than others to earn A’s and B’s in college-prep classes; they’re somewhat more likely than non-Asian high achievers to choose UC over private colleges.
Apparently, academic excellence makes students of Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Korean and Hmong ancestry un-diverse.
â€œIn the narrow view, some Asians are beneficiaries, and Latinos and blacks are losers; but really, everyone’s a loser,â€ said Gary Orfield, an education and social policy professor at Harvard. â€œThere may be enough minorities to have one or two kids in a classroom, but not enough to have a rich relationship.â€
In addition to earning high grades and test scores, students can become UC eligible by graduating in the top 4 percent of their high school class. The move was designed to help students from high-poverty, high-minority schools. Who are the top students at these schools? Poor whites and kids from low-income Vietnamese and Hmong families.