With UCSB Leading Way, Latinos Press to Be One-Fourth of California Colleges’ Student Body

Alexei Koseff, Sacramento Bee, February 11, 2015

When the University of California, Santa Barbara, announced last month that it had been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, it made a small bit of history.

After a decades-long effort to boost enrollment from underserved communities, the Isla Vista campus became the first member of the elite Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading research universities, to reach the HSI designation.

Awarded by the federal government, the status signifies that at least 25 percent of the school’s student body is Latino, making it eligible for new programs and millions of dollars in targeted grants. It also indicates that the work of California’s public university systems to reflect the state’s increasing diversity is paying off.

“It basically says that a top-ranking, national university can be a diverse campus and that adds to its strength,” said Lisa Przekop, director of admissions for UC Santa Barbara. “It sends the word out nationally.”


But Latinos remain vastly underrepresented at the University of California, where four of nine campuses have been designated HSIs, and California State University, where 18 of 23 campuses and the system as a whole have reached the benchmark. While they now comprise more than 46 percent of California high school graduates, only about 22 percent of undergraduates at UC and 35 percent at CSU are Latino.


Expanding the diversity in their student ranks has been a goal for UC and CSU for years.

While acknowledging that the state’s shifting demographics have driven much of the changes in the student body, UC Santa Barbara officials also pointed to numerous outreach efforts: visits to rural high schools and those that have not traditionally submitted many applications, bus tours to the campus, resource guides for ethnic groups, and educational tools for counselors to ensure students fulfill eligibility requirements.

Initiatives are also taking place at the systemwide level. CSU conducts Spanish-language college fairs and parent training programs in the communities near its campuses, sponsors Latino-oriented academic conferences, and produces a bilingual insert about college preparation in the newspaper La Opinión.

UC Davis, where about 19 percent of undergraduates are Latino, recently committed to reaching the Hispanic-Serving Institution benchmark by 2018. It has stepped up recruitment and transfer agreements at community colleges, while working with Latino students as young as kindergarten to get them excited about the possibilities of college.

Sacramento State is just on the cusp of 25 percent and expects to be designated within the year. President Alexander Gonzalez, who previously led Latino enrollment pushes at CSUs in Fresno and San Marcos, is looking forward to seeing a large, destination campus like Sacramento achieve that level of diversity. “For us,” he said, “it’s going to be a real milestone.”

Schools with HSI status can see significant benefits. Federal agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the National Endowment for the Humanities have awards aimed at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and $98 million in funding was available through the U.S. Department of Education last year, according to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, an advocacy group for HSIs.

UC Riverside, which is more than 32 percent Latino, was the first UC campus to be designated, in 2008. Steve Brint, vice provost for undergraduate education, said the university has subsequently been able to attract funding to expand its undergraduate research opportunities and create new student support programs, such as a fellowship for minorities interested in careers in academia.

A $4 million grant from 2008 to 2011, funded by the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act, supported a project with regional community colleges to ensure science, technology, engineering and mathematics students were well-prepared to transfer to UC Riverside.


Members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities will meet this year to discuss their mission as HSIs, according to association chair and CSU San Bernardino President Tomás Morales. He suggested the universities should focus on raising Latinos’ degree attainment and work more to improve their surrounding, often heavily Latino, communities.

“What does it really mean to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution, beyond simply the numerical designation?” he said. “That’s a hard question to answer.”

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  • propagandaoftruth

    Awarded by the federal government, the status signifies that at least 25 percent of the school’s student body is Latino, making it eligible for new programs and millions of dollars in targeted grants.
    Ah, there we go. Federal collusion in White genocide yet again!

    • Raymond Kidwell

      You will still have a place mowing the lawns of these latino geniuses

    • Sid Ishus

      Just keep paying your taxes gringo.

    • Has anyone looked into the quota future of Europe? They already are moving towards 30% to 40% quotas for women in engineering companies like Daimler Benz and Siemens.

      When will they have quotas for Somalis, Turks, and Muslims, irrespective if they even speak the country’s language or successfully graduated from primary school?

      Probably because these people live off lavish government handouts for large families with many kids, they don’t want jobs.

      But maybe they still would demand 10% quotas in the board of directors, even though none of them works at lower levels.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Hey – just look at Windows Hate operating system. Swami contortion programing…

        • Hey I just saw the movie “Dredd”, the last one from 2012 and thought it rocked. Now I understand your avatar.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Oh yeah. So many people think it’s a sequel to that Stallone dreck from the 90’s but it’s sooooo not….

  • Awarded by the federal government, the status signifies that at least 25 percent of the school’s student body is Latino, making it eligible for new programs and millions of dollars in targeted grants.

    Well congratulations. You lowered your standards far enough.

    • Anna Tree

      I fear not far enough, I mean they want to lower the standards even more: they want to mainstream all the Special Need students too:
      phys org/news/2015-02-segregation-special-students-professors html

  • Easyrhino

    One wonder how far UCSB had to lower the enrollment bar to get that high a percentage of Latinos into the school.

    • Georgia Boy

      Back in the day the joke was that UCSB really stood for U Can Study Baked, I’m not assuming it was lowered that far.

    • archer

      Even at that, how many will graduate?

  • Luca

    Well, 25% of the student body is Latino. Now let’s see those graduation figures.

    They can hand out student loans to fill classrooms, which generates federal grant money, but you can’t force them to learn and graduate.

    They have accomplished nothing.

    • LexiconD1

      Might be lucky if they can get one in a couple of thousand to graduation.

    • Anna Tree

      Yes they have: they are dumbing down the (White) students:
      “Classes only progress at the pace of the least advanced student in the class, which hurts the majority of people in the class. The test scores improve perhaps
      because the normal people make fewer mistakes simply because the teacher didn’t get to cover as much material anyway, because he had to go as slow as the slowest person in the class.”

      • Anna Tree

        And strengthen the conditioning:
        thecollegefix com/post/21178/
        ” The University of California Student Association board – which represents all 233,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses – approved a resolution on Sunday that calls on the system’s leaders to financially divest from the United States.”

        moonbattery com/?p=55104
        and the cartoon from thepeoplescube com/peoples-blog/california-students-resolve-to-boycott-divest-sanction-usa-t15855 html

      • Bartek

        Unless it is a hard science degree it won’t matter at all.
        Most college degrees are degrees in liberal art philosophy (eg. hooey) so all anything missed really won’t be.

        • Anna Tree

          But I fear they will attack the science departments as well. There is already affirmative action for doctors and pilots, they will go further because we let them.

    • Bossman

      What exactly is a Latino? A Mayan Indian from Central America? A Mexican Mestizo? A Spanish man from Europe? A Mulatto from the Dominican Republic? Can a “Latino” have white skin. Can a Filipino ever qualify for that status?

      • Anglokraut

        Filipinos get to ride the Asian and Pacific Islander A.A. train. Different track, same destination.

      • Georgia Boy

        I vote they give George Zimmerman a full scholarship

    • Never heard of affirmative graduation? check Fallon the affimative action hoax at outube.

  • dd121

    In other, whites need not apply.

    • Wing-nut.

      Yep, would not suggest sending your children there. Especially your daughters.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.” (a statement in the Harvard dissertation of Jason Richwine)

    When a leftist group discovered Richwine’s desecration of a holy tenet of liberalism, they created a media stink. Feeling the heat, the “conservative” Heritage Foundation swiftly ousted Richwine. Truth is no defense against heresy.

    • Bartek

      If Whites are so smart why are only White Nations being colonized and taken over?

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    So in other words, the federal government is bribing the colleges in order to encourage and facilitate the genocide of white American people in the US.

    This is officially the end.

    • Sick of it

      Hopefully it’s the end of the the federal government. I don’t expect that many tears will be shed.

  • JohnEngelman

    What happened to Proposition 209? It outlawed affirmative action policies.

    • LexiconD1

      They go around it, nothing much has changed.

  • dmxinc

    I will gladly live in and support a country that supports my people.

    The American government certainly does not.

  • Simonetta

    – Is You Is Or Is You Isn’t A Latino?

    The answer to why Latinos are growing so fast in the USA has been discovered. Simply, everybody is a latino, even you! Except of course the people who are not.

    In the US you are a Latino if:

    – You have a Spanish surname. You can change your name legally for, what, $50?
    If you anticipate getting more than $50 in benefits with your new ‘Latino’ legal
    status than by all means change it from Bob White or Zhao Xing to José Jimenez. It’s
    rather easy. And if some Viking bombshell like Cameron Dias can just do it and
    become instantly Latina, then so can you. You can always change your name back
    when you get tired of being Latino, or if the benefit checks stop coming.

    – Your primary language at home is Spanish. Now if you live alone, you probably
    don’t speak too much at home to yourself (we all do hope). But it doesn’t
    matter how much Spanish you speak at home as long as what you do speak,
    out-loud, is, technically, in Spanish. The actual percentage has yet to be
    legally determined. So if you stub your toe or hit your thumb with a hammer and
    let out a good loud ‘mee…air..da’, then you too are a Latino by definition as
    having the spoken language in your legal residence be in Spanish. It helps to
    actually know a little formal Spanish language should you chose to go this
    route, but it is not completely necessary.

    – You come from {we ask no questions, so tell us no lies. We’re not the Migra…}
    a country where Spanish is the daily language. Note that this does not
    include the largest, most wealthy, and most populous country in Latin America:
    Brazil. No one speaks Spanish there. It does, however, include Los Angeles,
    which isn’t a country and where everybody speaks English.

    – You are ethnically Native-American in the USA and are from a tribe that has
    lived forever on land that was claimed for Spain by the Conquistadors. However,
    although Hopi, Apache, and Navajo lands were part of Spanish Mexico until these
    lands were ‘stolen’ by the USA, these people are not Latino, well, just because
    they’re not. However, if you are 100% Aztec or Mayan, without a
    drop of Spanish Conquistador blood, then you are obviously Latino.

    – People from Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, or Romania are NOT Latinos. Even
    though, by the classical definition, a Latino is a person being from a country
    where the native language is directly descended from Latin, they would be. Nor
    in any sense are people who still actually do speak Latin, such as Catholic priests
    and classics scholars, Latinos.

    – If you come from a distant island in the Pacific that the Spanish ruled 200
    years ago, and somehow have a Spanish name, then you are a Latino. Ms. Concéption
    Cruz, who lives on Guam, is a Latina, But Marie Untálan, her neighbor and very
    best friend since childhood, is not. You see (of course) that Cruz is a Spanish
    name and Untálan is native Chamarro, so Marie couldn’t possibly be Latina.
    According to the USA legal definition, she is in a completely different racial
    category altogether (nobody is sure which).

    – Say you were the great grandson of some German who had to go to Argentina in
    1945 very discretely {again, no questions}. So it’s several generations later
    and you are decendant from intermarriages between the other German families, all
    ’45er’s, like your family, nom’ sane? And everyone is officially 100%
    Argentine. Are you Latino? Well, it depends. Carlos Gruntz and Juanita
    Buchalter will need to submit their applications for Latino status before a USA
    government diversity judicant agency. Then it could go either way, depending on
    whether the Diversity Officer has a thing for blondes.

    Confused? Well, don’t be. Basically in the US you’re a Latino if some other
    Latino says that you are. But for goodness sake’s don’t ever make the mistake
    of thinking that if you’re one type of Latino then you’re more Latino than all
    the other Latinos. No siree, Bob, here in Latino-land, all Latinos are the
    same. Doesn’t matter if you’re from Mexico, Cuba, Miami, Argentina, Saipan, Los
    Angeles, Chile, South Bronx, Switzerland, whatever,.. you’re all exactly the
    same in the eyes of the diversity enforcers. And completely different
    culturally from all the non-Latinos on your block.

    • how about if you have a Polish last name but have a coin collection of Mexican coins?

      • Bartek

        Change your first name to Jose or Miguel, instant Polish immigrant to Latin America, thus a Latino.

        • Well that would be hard. I’m a John-2 named after my father and my little son is named John-3. He’s only 5 so he would get very confused & upset if I changed my name & left him “stranded”. Thanks for the suggestion tho.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Awarded by the federal government, the status signifies that at least 25 percent of the school’s student body is Latino.

    Because of the ethnic cleansing of Whites.

    My son attends a UC. He says there are only Whites and Asians in his engineering and CS classes.

    How can that be?

    Must be institutional racism that prevents them from taking classes in advanced physics or vector calculus.

  • Caucasoid88

    So the government is paying for our displacement? That’s nice.

    • IstvanIN

      and have been for a long time. Actually WE are paying for our displacement.

      • Caucasoid88

        You’re correct. That’s what I meant.

  • John Barleycorn

    white people . . .please move to the rear of the bus ..

    • I wouldn’t mind that. In reality I fear it’ll be: “white people please move to the special showers we’ve set up for you and place all dental work in the pile over there…”

      • Bartek

        Nah, thanks to the Mexicans this will become Colombia, or Venezuela, instead of the Zimbabwe that Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great’ Society program was inevitably creating.

  • Are YouSickYet

    The University of California use a comprehensive review process when evaluating each freshman applicant. The Office of Admissions at UC Santa Barbara will use a variety of academic as well as non-academic factors when considering a student’s accomplishments. Academic and extracurricular achievements are viewed in light of the opportunities available to each student and the student’s demonstrated capacity to contribute to the intellectual life at UCSB.

    UC Santa Barbara uses the following breakdown when evaluating freshman applicants:

    50% GPA, a-g courses, Exam Scores.
    50% Personal Statement and Activities….

    In other words, if you have a C average in High School and are Hispanic. Welcome Aboard! If you are a White European with a B+ Average. Better luck next time!


  • MBlanc46

    Whatever happened to equal protection under the law?

    • Wing-nut.

      Believe it may have went the way of the Dodo.

  • willbest

    In fairness, its their state now.

  • Who Me?

    They claim to want at least 25%. In reality, they won’t be appeased until it’s 100%. We all know this.

  • Evette Coutier

    Soon a degree from a California college will become relatively valueless. I wouldn’t hire a California college grad. Why would I hire someone who thinks I’m the anti-Christ?

  • tobytylersf

    So now UCSB will have the brilliant scholastic record of, say, the Autonomous University of Chihuahua? I’m sure we all are impressed by their achievements, right?

  • Sid Ishus

    Admissions officer: Hmm, should we admit this White applicant with good grades or this Latino who will bring millions of dollars in grants?

  • mrfinoni

    And all the Hispanics at college are White Hispanics or mostly White Hispanics. Nevertheless more Whites will have to go to private colleges and universities to avoid overt public discrimination. Imagine if the Government spent half of their resources trying to assist economically disadvantaged Whites? The liberal elite would hate that. No more poor Whites to pick on!

  • fgbrunner3

    Affirmative action runs amok again. A quota system is by nature discriminatory.

  • In 1836 the Mexican mint of Zacatecas was transferred from being under the operation of the Zacatecas State Government to the Mexican Federal Government. There were a number of problems with defective coins being made and it was felt that the Mexican State Government couldn’t handle it. However the Mexican Federal Government could not apparently make it own coinage without significant defects either. Thus in 1842 it was contracted out the the “Angle-American firm of Manning and Marshall” and the problems went away.

    Before the 1830’s Mexico was a Viceroyalty [colony] under the Spanish crown so the problem never came up until after Independence (ca. 1820).

    • IstvanIN

      In other words Mexicans have always been incompetent?

  • The problem was the Mexican War of Independence from 1810 to 1820. It was a class war unlike our American Revolution. The Mexicans of high Spanish [European] ethnicity lost and the native Indian/ black Mexicans won.

    The European Mexicans were the ones who ended up in all the high positions, like the Presidencies. However the indian/black Mexicans were the ones who have all the kids: just like here.

  • Expand diversity? You mean ethnically cleanse Whites. If the American Indians were the First Americans, then Whites are the New American Indians. The stories are the same.

  • Bartek

    Equal protection under the law strikes again (sarc).
    At least the US government is consistent, they are as duplicitous and hypocritical at home as

  • Bartek

    Much truth in what you say.
    Think it is reflective of a non-African origin immigrant community.
    The Yugoslavs and Ukrainians in my area are much the same.

    On the other hand most Third generation Europeans in the USA behave like nihilistic, self indulgent ding bats.