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The Master Plan

Decentralizing the University

Student Unrest

The Steady State

Planning for Hard Times

The Tax Revolt

Bakke vs. The Regents of the University of California

New Intellectual Horizons

The Booming 1980s

A Pacific Rim State

Growth Again

Conflicts and Controversies

The University Under Fire


Chapter 29: Growth Again

The 1980s did not usher in the precipitous decline in undergraduate enrollments UC planners of the previous decade had expected. On the contrary, for a variety of reasons ranging from the state's booming population to a surge in private university tuition that underscored what an educational bargain UC was, the campuses were flooded with applications from students eager for a UC education. As enrollments increased, the proportion of underrepresented minority students—blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans—began to rise.

In the fall of 1988, President Gardner told the Regents that UC would need to accommodate an additional 63,000 students by 2005. To do so, it would need to build three new campuses.23 The obvious choice of location for the first campus was the San Joaquin Valley, an expanding region in the heart of California that had been considered but not selected as a site for one of the new campuses built in the 1960s. The University took its message about impending growth to state leaders in Sacramento, arguing that expansion was necessary if UC was to serve California students in the future as it had in the past.


23. David P. Gardner, remarks to the Board of Regents, October 20, 1988.




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