editorial was correct in pointing out that the facts got lost in
the affirmative action debate by the regents of the University
of California. According to the current edition of "UC Davis
Magazine" [from my alma mater]:
"UC's affirmative action programs have an
impact not just at the time of admission; most are preparatory
in nature, helping students fully qualify for admissions."
"All qualified freshmen (those in the top
12-1/2 percent of graduating high school seniors) are admitted
"More than 95 percent of UC freshmen meet the
minimum criteria for grade point average, test scores and number
of college preparatory classes."
"About 4.5 percent...are non-UC eligible based
only on grades, test scores and college preparatory classes and
have been 'admitted by exception.'"
"A large number of the students 'admitted by
exception' are white. Students are 'admitted by exception'
because of such characteristics as veteran status, athletic
ability, disability, special talents (such as musical ability),
economic disadvantage, or race or ethnicity."
The result? "The proportion of entering
freshmen who graduate from UC is greater now with its diverse
student population than at any other time in the history of the
Therefore, even as a white male and former
Regents' Scholar, I have to disagree with the decision by
Governor Wilson and the majority of regents and agree with the
assessment by President Clinton that affirmative action is
indeed good for America.