1,000 more students could attend UC Berkeley next fall – if the university system agrees to the group’s terms


An additional 1,000 California high school students could attend UC Berkeley next fall under a new offer from Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, the group that has successfully challenged a growing student population amid housing issues in court.

But the offer comes with a few catches.

In a statement on Saturday, the group said it would accept a “temporary” and “partial” reprieve from a court-ordered enrollment cap requiring UC Berkeley to enroll no more than 42,237 students from undergraduate and graduate students during school 2022-23. year – far fewer than the 45,057 students currently enrolled – if the University of California ended its efforts to get out of under the cap through the courts and the state legislature.

Instead, Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods said in a statement to UC President Michael Drake that UC Berkeley could enroll an additional 1,000 students provided that at least 90% of new undergraduates are of California residents and whether the UC system “does not attempt to exceed the total enrollment of 43,347 for the 2022-23 academic year through legal action in the courts or state legislature.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told The Chronicle that enrollment decisions in the UC system are made by elected representatives in California – including the governor, the board of trustees of the UC and the UC President’s Office – and that university officials “will not provide a small group of litigators with the ability to tell the University of California how many students to enroll.

Mogulof also questioned the intent of Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, which he said provided its offer to the media before sharing it with the university.

“I think that says a lot about what’s going on here,” he said by phone. “It’s hard to accept whether or not this group’s intentions are what they say are their desires.”

The neighborhood group’s conditional offer comes a day after UC Berkeley said it would cut in-person enrollment by 2,629 next fall from the originally estimated 3,050 in order to comply with an order to the California Supreme Court limiting college enrollment to 2020 levels.

Representatives from Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods said on Saturday that they were “willing to enter into settlement talks based on the principle that enrollment growth can only occur without additional pressure on the City of Berkeley housing market.”

Mogulof said city officials made their support for the university “really clear,” pointing to the city council’s vote to file court documents supporting UC Berkeley. Mogulof said university officials will continue to “follow the lead” of local elected officials and follow state leaders who “represent and serve the people of California and reflect their interests.”

Lauren Hernández (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ByLHernandez


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