University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Chapter 9:

Goals In September 2007, the Board of Regents adopted the University of California Diversity Statement as regental policy. The statement renews the University's commitment to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services and administration, as well as research and creative activity. It also acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and advancement of talented students, faculty and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.

Narrative The indicators in this section provide a broad overview of the University community-students, faculty and staff-by race/ethnicity and gender. Detailed information about the diversity of UC students, faculty and staff can be found in the September 2010 Annual University of California Accountability Sub-Report on Diversity and on the University of California diversity website.

Looking Forward The University faces major challenges in enhancing diversity. It is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minority students, faculty and staff, and it must do so within the legal limitations of Proposition 209, which eliminated considerations of race, ethnicity and gender in admissions and hiring. The University also is committed to proactively promoting a culture of tolerance, inclusiveness and respect on each campus. All this must be done in a context of severe budget cuts that have required the University to curtail enrollments, reduce the number of new faculty hires, eliminate staff positions and increase student fees.

To offset potentially disproportionately adverse impacts of budget cuts and fee increases on students from underrepresented groups, UC is developing a number of innovative policies. Its Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan is designed to ensure that students with household incomes below a specified level and who qualify for financial aid receive gift aid covering their systemwide fees. For 2010-11, the level has been set at $70,000. In 2010, the University launched "Project You Can," an ambitious fundraising initiative that aims over the next four years to raise $1 billion in private support for student aid. Further, the regents require annual reporting on diversity, and diversity is included as a core competency in the Performance Management Review Process for all senior managers. Finally, the University is developing a Universitywide campus climate survey. Future editions of this accountability report will examine the impact of current and future University initiatives on maintaining and enhancing diversity at UC and report findings from the new campus climate survey.