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UC System Admits it Grants Preferences to the Children of VIPs

University of California officials confirmed Friday (3-15) that politicians, regents and wealthy donors often use their UC contacts to grant special consideration for the children of friends, relatives, and constituents. Although UC president Richard Atkinson insisted that no special slots are actually reserved for well-connected applicants, critics say the practice constitutes a preference for people who know a VIP. In July the UC Board of Regents voted to eliminate what they call race and gender preferences in admissions, hiring, and contracting

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The San Francisco Chronicle - March 16, 1996

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