Wedged between San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), in San Luis Obispo, is a relatively small school — with a massive thirst for diversity.
Tucked within the pages of Cal Poly’s voluminous 30-page report on diversity action initiatives is mention of the school’s blatant efforts to decrease the white student population.
The report, authored by the “office of university diversity and inclusion,” was first obtained by The College Fix, according to reporting by Campus Reform.
“Over recent years, numerous programs and initiatives have been implemented to improve diversity and create a campus community that more closely reflects the demographics of the state of California,” reads page two.
“In 2011, the campus was 63 percent Caucasian; in fall of 2017, it was less than 55 percent. Applications from underrepresented minority students doubled between 2008 and 2018, while overall applications during that time increased by just half that much. Progress is being made — and the university is more diverse now than at any time in its 117-year history — but there is still much work to do.”
The salient question is exactly how the school’s white population dropped so dramatically — eight percentage points in six years — in so short a span of time.
“Cal Poly’s admissions applications do ask for incoming students’ information regarding race, because it is a federal requirement,” Matt Lazier, the school’s media relations director, told LifeZette. “However, that information does not influence selection for admission to the university in any way.”
He could not account for the significant percentage decrease among white students since 2011.
“Cal Poly does seek to have a student body that reflects the demographics of the state that it serves,” he added. “In order to help reach that goal, the university can and does work through admissions outreach to encourage students of color to apply. As well, the university has programs in place that offer scholarship opportunities to low-income students in California — many of whom also happen to be underrepresented minority students. However, to repeat, at no time in the admissions process is a student’s race or ethnicity considered.”
The “federal requirement” that Lazier refers to is Title IV of the Higher Education Act, but it’s unclear how that particular statute justifies Cal Poly’s diversity and inclusion policies.
The university has also cut a program that many colleges consider standard: Administrators “eliminated the Early Decision admissions option after …