Senator Janet Nguyen reacts to University of California Regents Plan to Limit Enrollment of California Students

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

As a champion for access to education, Senator Janet Nguyen is expressing her concern with University of California President Janet Napolitano’s threat to cap the enrollment of California students for all UC schools if the UC system does not receive more state revenues.

“I am extremely disappointed that President Napolitano has chosen to put the educational well being of California’s students at risk for the sake of budget negotiations by threatening to limit the enrollment of California students wishing to attend the UC System. The UC needs to focus its efforts to ensure access for all eligible California students rather than utilizing divisive ploys that pit the State Legislature against the UC system. We need to work together as partners for the benefit of all Californians,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. 

In an effort to address access to education for undergraduate students, Senator Nguyen is exploring various solutions, including a constitutional amendment that would cap the percentage of out-of-state students attending all UC schools to 10 percent and freeze all UC tuition rates for five years after the date of the amendment’s passage by voters. Considering that 20 percent of this year’s freshman class is composed of out-of-state students, this amendment would increase the number of slots available for California students. 

The UC System was established in 1869 and is composed of ten campuses that have produced more than 60 Nobel Laureates, the last being in 2014 for Physics. The UC System continues to rank internationally among the top research and education institutions, attracting students from throughout the United States and the world. 

The UC’s high academic profile nationally and competitive admissions process has fueled a debate regarding sustainability. 

“It is time that we take a very close look at how we support California’s public higher education system. California taxpayers have invested in the system and their children deserve every opportunity to have access to the fine schools that comprise the UC system,” said Senator Janet Nguyen, who graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. 

Senator Nguyen has submitted a request to Legislative Counsel to draft a constitutional amendment that will be presented before the California State Senate.