UC mystery

A San Francisco Chronicle story on admissions to University of California had me checking my math — and my understanding of biology:

The admitted class is 55.6 percent female and 43.4 percent male, in line with a long-term trend.

And one percent are . . . what?

The elite UCs admitted a lower percentage of applicants, but UCLA admitted a lot more black applicants under a new “holistic review” process that gives credit to students who excelled at low-performing high schools. I hope the university will follow these students’ academic progress to see if the review really is identifying students who can succeed at UCLA.

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  1. notfromsf says:

    And one percent are . . . what?

    From San Francisco!

  2. I suppose the one percent hasn’t decided male or female yet.

  3. wahoofive says:

    Harvey Mudd College sent out a glossy alumni magazine a year or two ago profiling their freshman class, saying it was 81% male and 29% female. I promptly sent them a letter congratulating them on their outreach to the hermaphroditic community, an otherwise-underrepresented group.

    Maybe the UCs are going after the asexual crowd.

  4. SuperSub says:

    There’s that NCTM “there’s no wrong answer” mathematics again. I bet the college personnel weren’t allowed to use a calculator on that one.

    But he, it’s all NCLB’s fault.

  5. hardlyb says:

    I hope that they look at the results of their admission policies, too, but I’ll be shocked if they do. I’ll be even more shocked if they were to admit that it didn’t work, even to themselves, and still more shocked if they tried to fix it.

  6. Joanne, you opined,”I hope the university will follow these students’ academic progress to see if the review really is identifying students who can succeed at UCLA.” My first thought was,”Surely you jest!”

  7. “I’m not joking…and stop calling me Shirley…”

  8. Half Canadian says:

    I work at an online university, and there’s a portion of students who do don’t answer the male/female question. My assumption here is that 1% of the students just didn’t identify themselves.

  9. SuperSub says:

    Half Canadian-
    Considering that this is an entering freshman class and on-campus boarding is usually either compulsory or “strongly recommended,” I doubt that the students just didn’t identify themselves.
    Of course, I could be wrong… going on my assumptions here.

  10. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Close enough for government work?

  11. Supersub: Maybe the dorms aren’t segregated by sex anymore.

  12. Alex Bensky says:

    The answer is obvious, Joanne: these are the students who have successfully assimilated the postmodern idea that gender is merely a socially constructed narrative and they haven’t yet decided how they choose to construct their personal stories.