We’ve all heard about the racial problems at UC San Diego. You may have even seen the protest on Sproul. And recently the UC regents met with chancellors of various campuses and a special adviser to discuss how to take care of the system’s intolerance problems.

It wasn’t just San Diego, by the way, before you start blaming SoCal. According to the article there was also “anti-gay graffiti and swastikas at Davis and disruption by protesters at a talk from the Israeli ambassador at Irvine.” The regents pledged to get at the root of the problem through new admissions procedures.

UC prez Mark Yudof pledged that starting with the incoming freshmen of 2012, there would be “a larger pool of applicants” and “a system that more effectively considers multiple factors beyond test scores and GPA.”

Which would be very nice, really. And the regents are also planning on getting more moolah for scholarships for underrepresented minorities. Refreshingly, they even stepped up to the plate of responsibility. As Regent Monica Lozano stated, “We are the body that has to be accountable.”

Of course, none of this is easily done. Don’t take our word for it, though–listen to the dean of the Berkeley law school, Christopher Edley. “This is not rocket science,” he said. “It is harder than rocket science.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

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Regents pledge diversity action [UC Newsroom]


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