Inside Higher Ed
April 13th, 2015
Proposals to require students to take a course related to diversity
have been controversial on many campuses. But the University of
California at Los Angeles has had one of the longest debates on the
topic, with multiple votes (going in different directions), dating to
But Friday evening, results of an apparently definitive vote of the
entire faculty were released. And the 916 to 487 vote clears the way for
the requirement to start with the class that enters U.C.L.A.'s main
undergraduate college in the fall of 2017.
Both the outcome and the lopsidedness of the vote were wins for
supporters of the diversity requirement. Faculty in U.C.L.A. College
(which enrolls the vast majority of undergraduates) voted down the idea
in 2004 and 2012. Last year, the faculty of U.C.L.A. College voted by a
narrow margin -- 332 to 303 -- to approve the requirement. But opponents
filed a petition to force a vote of the faculty of all university
divisions, and many thought that the professional schools' professors
(as well as emeritus professors, who were entitled to vote) might be
more dubious of the idea than were the current U.C.L.A. College faculty.
But the proposal ended up being approved by a much larger margin.