Coauthored by Assemblyman Tim Grayson (D-Concord)
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) announced Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1674. This measure will help ensure out-of-state students admitted to the University of California (UC) must meet or exceed academic qualifications of California resident students. Assemblywoman Baker jointly coauthored this important legislation with Assemblymen Tim Grayson and Kevin McCarty.
Last year, the non-partisan, independent State Auditor found that the UC admission practices have heavily disadvantaged California resident students in order to admit more nonresident students, who pay higher tuition. The audit revealed that UC admitted nearly 16,000 nonresidents with lower academic qualifications than California resident students, and actually adjusted admission standards to make it easier for nonresidents to gain admission.
“The University of California needs to put California students first, and not tip the admissions scales unfairly to nonresidents,” said Baker. “Hard-working and highly-qualified California students should not be turned away from admission simply because they pay lower tuition than a nonresident student.”
AB 1674 was supported by California Competes and the California Federation of Teachers. This bill received unanimous, bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly prior to receiving the Governor’s signature.
Baker represents the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.