A systemic failure: It’s time to stop perpetuating elitism in higher education

NATIONAL ISSUES: The college admissions scam was just another instance of oppression in education. Universities must fight harder to make education equitable.

Students in a classroom taking the SAT. One student is asleep with a bag of money on his desk
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The U.S. Department of Justice exposed the largest known college admissions bribery scheme in United States history. And while the actions brought to light by this investigation are illegal, this scam is symptomatic of a much larger problem of inequity in academia and education.
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UCs should eliminate standardized testing requirement

Making the submission of standardized testing scores optional will benefit the UC and the state of California. It is a step in leveling the playing field and reflecting the state’s diversity. When other colleges and universities made the submissions of test results optional, they saw an increase in applicants and enrollment of Black and Latinx students.
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A group of black students stand in front of Sproul Hall. Large yellow text at the top reads "BLACK AT CAL."

California’s affirmative action ban must be repealed

On Jan. 30, the ASUC Senate passed a resolution standing in firm opposition to the historic Proposition 209, a California ballot initiative that removed race as a factor in college admissions. In 1996, California voters approved Prop. 209, slashing enrollment of Black students across California colleges. From 1997 to 1998,
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Dear governor: It’s your last term, make it count

Dear Gov. Brown, Congratulations. Being governor of one of the largest and the most populated states in the nation, one with a rich history of leading the way in countless policy issues, is no easy task. Although we seem to have survived the worst of the recession, neither economists nor
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