University of California leaders weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court case over the use of affirmative action in college admissions Monday, arguing that it's necessary to consider race to ensure student diversity on selective campuses.
UC President Mark Yudof and 10 campus chancellors filed a "friend of the court" brief to the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to consider a challenge to the University of Texas' use of race in undergraduate admissions.
The university leaders point to UC's struggles to create diverse student bodies in the 16 years since California voters banned affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and university admissions.
After the passage of Proposition 209 in November 1996, the proportion of underrepresented minorities declined substantially at its most competitive campuses, particularly UC Berkeley and UCLA, as well as elite graduate and professional schools, according to the brief.
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