Stop Over-Enrollment at the University of California
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On November 19, 2015, the University of California Board of Regents mandated that all 10 UC campuses develop plans to accommodate a total of 10,000 new undergraduates over the following three years.
On May 17, 2017, the UC Regents affirmed the goals of the 2015 Budget Framework Agreement between Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Napolitano. Under this agreement, each of the UC campuses, with the exception of UC Merced, “will increase the proportion of undergraduates entering as community college transfers, so that by the 2017-18 academic year—assuming the presence of a sufficiently qualified transfer applicant pool—one-third of all incoming California resident undergraduates will enter as transfers, system-wide and at every campus except Merced.”
Both of the aforementioned mandates aim to enroll additional California students into the University of California.
Each UC campus has exhibited the stresses of an increased demand on the resources available to each campus respectively because the enrollment requirements go beyond the capacity of the UC campuses. In particular, the University of California notably lacks sufficient resources to support students in areas including, but not limited, to housing, food, transportation, psychological support services and classroom spaces. The UC has been placing students in housing situations that are not intended for living, subjecting many students to overcrowded living spaces and often resulting in circumstances that jeopardizes students’ mental health.
The UC faces significant budgetary constraints from the large increase in enrolled students, receiving only half of the normal funding per student from the State of California. Although we are in favor of promoting the accessibility of the University of California to all, the current circumstances at each UC campus should dissuade the enrollment of additional students until sufficient resources are provided to each respective campus to adequately serve the needs of every student. The University of California must prioritize the fundamental needs of students currently enrolled in the University before looking to enroll additional students.
We, the students, professors, and staff of the University of California, implore the Governor, state legislature, UC Office of the President and UC Regents to suspend the additional enrollment of students at the University of California until each campus has adequate resources to accommodate each and every student attending the University and their respective needs.
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