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UC Audit reveals standards held lower for out-of-state applicants

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uc-berkeley(Diya TV) — A recent audit of the University of California at Berkeley revealed that thousands of students from out of state with lower grades and test scores than state residents have been receiving higher admission rates as an effort to raise more cash for the school.

In the last three years, nearly 16,000 nonresident undergraduates — about 29 percent of those admitted — have been admitted to the prestigious public university with grade-point averages and test scores below the median of admitted Californians, according to a state audit released Tuesday. The 116-page audit criticizes university practices that it says undermine state residents’ access in favor of nonresident students who pay almost triple in tuition to that of a state resident — $38,108 per year versus $13,400.

According to the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, the UC should only admit nonresidents who are as qualified as the “upper half of residents who are eligible for admission.” In 2011, the language of the plan was amended so that nonresidents only had to “compare favorably” the audit notes.

“The Master Plan is the commitment that California made to high school students and families that if they work hard, they’ll have the opportunity to an education at UC,” State Auditor Elaine Howle said. “The problem is that UC campuses have an incentive to bring in nonresidents — and that’s hurting California high school graduates who want to go to UC.”

Beginning in 2008, regents of the UC system began encouraging nonresident enrollment by allowing campuses to retain the extra tuition money brought in instead of sharing it with other schools. As a direct result, enrollment of nonresidents more than quadrupled in the last decade, while the enrollment of Californians only increased by 10 percent, despite the fact resident applications rose 52 percent.

Now, Howle is recommending the State Legislature put a cap on the number of nonresidents who can enroll. The recommendation has already been met with positive review by two lawmakers, Assemblywomen Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto (Stanislaus County), and Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon. Both say they plan to introduce a bill that will do just that, and will require higher admission standards for nonresidents at the same time.

UC Berkeley President Janet Napolitano

UC Berkeley President Janet Napolitano

Whether or not the UC system will be required to comply is up for debate, unlike the California State University system, UC is autonomous.

In a rebuttal to the audit, UC President Janet Napolitano writes that the university has enrolled more California students than it receives funding for from the state, and calls the claim that UC is undermining resident applicants “unfounded.” She added: “If anything has constrained the enrollment of California students, it has been reductions in state funding. Nonresidents pay the full cost of their education — and more.”

UC also responded with its own report, “Straight Talk on Hot-Button Issues: UC Admissions, Finances, and Transparency 2016,” that says “UC policies overwhelmingly favor California residents” and points out that the admission rate for in-state applicants is higher than that of nonresidents.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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