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Title: Access and equity issues at UCLA in a post-affirmative action era
Author(s): Jimenez, Otoniel
Director of Research: Parker, Laurence J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Parker, Laurence J.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Anderson, James D.; Trent, William T.; Solorzano, Daniel
Department / Program: Educational Policy Studies
Discipline: Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Minority Higher Education Educational Policy Affirmative Action and Equity Sociology of Education Ethnic Studies
Abstract: This study investigates the admissions of Chicano/Latinos and African American students in a post affirmative action era at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Data was collected and analyzed from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) from 1989-2008 it examines admission trends of students from the fore mentioned-communities and the impact of eliminating affirmative action programs at UCLA. This dissertation concludes that the elimination of affirmative action programs has decreased underrepresented students at UCLA. However, the impact varies by community. For Chicano/Latino students their representation at UCLA dropped after the elimination of affirmative action but later recovered, although their representation at UCLA still remains a challenge. For African American Students, their numbers and percentages are meager and with the elimination of affirmative action, their representation has dwindled even furthered. The dissertation explores how a public university like UCLA can ignore a large proportion of students when these two groups together comprise a large sector of K-12 population in the state. As such, this study questions not only the commitment of UCLA, but also of K-12 institutions, in making these students competitive to gain admissions at this highly selective public state university.
Issue Date: 2010-08-31
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16983
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Otoniel Jimenez. No part of this dissertation may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-08-31
2012-09-07
Date Deposited: 2010-08
 

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