UC report strongly disputes assertions in state audit, demonstrates how it puts California students first
On March 29, UC released “Straight Talk on Hot-Button Issues: UC Admissions, Finances, and Transparency,” a comprehensive, data-driven report that counters false and misleading assertions about UC contained in a recent report from the state auditor’s office.
“We welcome collaboration with our state’s elected leaders,” UC President Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter accompanying the University’s response to the audit. “Ours is a shared responsibility and California’s Legislature and Governor are valued partners and supporters. Accordingly, the University of California approached this audit process in a spirit of cooperation, transparency, and goodwill.
“…Unfortunately, the draft report that has been shared with us makes inferences and draws conclusions that are supported neither by the data nor by sound analysis.”
As required by state law, UC was shown a draft copy of the audit report earlier this month. Rather than simply respond within the space allotted in the draft, however, UC took the unusual step of issuing its own report because it strongly believed the state audit consistently failed to consider key facts and data during the audit process.
The UC report directly addresses the assertions contained in the audit by providing data that show how University policies and practices overwhelmingly favor California resident students, how UC has always adhered to the Master Plan for Higher Education by offering spaces to all eligible California students who apply to UC, and how its stewardship of public funds is equitable and transparent.