You can thank UC Regent Ward Connerly for this one.
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As a result of Prop 209. UC now has the highest percentage of low-income students among the nation’s higher education systems. But the percentage of minority students remains low. Before Prop. 209, under-represented students made up 21 percent of UC’s student body, versus about 17 percent today. Black students made up about 7 percent of students, versus about 3 percent today, Atkinson said. That percentage is even lower at UC’s elite campuses, including Berkeley and UCLA.