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ERIC Number: ED625971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Representation Matters: California's Higher Education Governing Bodies Still Do Not Reflect the Racial and Gender Diversity of California and Its College Students
Campaign for College Opportunity
In one of the most diverse states in the nation, it is not surprising that public college students in California are incredibly diverse--71% of the student body is racially/ethnically diverse, with nearly half (45%) of students identifying as Latinx and only about one in four (23%) identifying as white. Unfortunately, that diverse representation by race/ethnicity and gender is not reflected in the decision-making bodies of the University of California (UC) Board of Regents, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors (BOG), and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The leaders who sit on the governing bodies of higher education systems also make critical decisions on the allocation of resources, hiring of key leadership and faculty, development of policies on admissions, academics, athletics, and more. They can help expand college opportunity or constrain it, they can ensure adequate supports for students, and they can strengthen the quality of instruction or erode it. The decisions made by these governing boards impact all aspects of students' lives. This brief provides an updated analysis of the representation on California's higher education governing boards as of September 22, 2022. The analysis reveals some highlights and lowlights when it comes to representation. [This brief is an update to the 2020 and 2018 "Left Out: California's Higher Education Governing Boards Do Not Reflect the Racial and Gender Diversity of California and Its Student Body" publications. For the 2020 report, see ED606489. For the 2018 report, see ED592846.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Campaign for College Opportunity
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A