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ACR-21 University of California: academic partnerships.(2007-2008)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 21
CHAPTER 124

Relative to the University of California.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 05, 2008. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 21, Portantino. University of California: academic partnerships.
Existing law establishes the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The regents operate campuses of the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
This measure would strongly urge the regents to establish a cost-neutral student exchange program, or another form of cost-neutral academic partnership, between one or more campuses of the University of California and one or more of the institutions that are classified as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The campuses of the University of California are justly regarded as comprising the premier public institution of higher education in the world; and
WHEREAS, Public and private institutions of higher education throughout the world are cognizant of the prestige of the University of California, and may wish to participate in student exchange programs, and other forms of academic partnership, with the University of California; and
WHEREAS, Through academic partnerships, students of the various campuses of the University of California may greatly benefit from opportunities to study at other institutions and have fellowship with students from these other institutions who take coursework at the University of California; and
WHEREAS, Among the many distinguished institutions of higher education that would have an interest in student exchange programs, or other forms of academic partnership, are the 103 institutions classified, under the federal Higher Education Act of 1964, as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and located in 21 states and the District of Columbia; and
WHEREAS, The charter of Howard University, an HBCU located in Washington, D.C., was enacted by Congress and approved by President Andrew Johnson in 1867, and the numerous distinguished alumni of Howard include the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and famous members of Howard’s faculty include Dr. Charles Drew and another Nobel laureate, Ralph Bunche, who, coincidentally, is an alumnus of UCLA; and
WHEREAS, Hampton University, an HBCU located in Hampton, Virginia, was founded in 1868, and is the alma mater of the renowned educator, Booker T. Washington, who later became the founder of another distinguished HBCU--Tuskegee University, which is located in Tuskegee, Alabama; and
WHEREAS, Fisk University, an HBCU located in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 1866, includes W.E.B. DuBois among its many famous alumni, and is internationally renowned for its music program--specifically for its legendary vocal ensemble, the Fisk Jubilee Singers; and
WHEREAS, Morehouse College, a men’s institution founded in 1867, which includes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among its alumni, and Spelman College, a women’s institution founded in 1881, which includes Marian Wright Edelman among its alumnae, are both HBCUs located in Atlanta, Georgia; and
WHEREAS, All of the HBCUs referenced above, as well as the nearly 100 other HBCUs, are of more than simply historic interest; they are vibrant centers of contemporary scholarship that would be attractive places for students and faculty of the University of California to visit and do important academic work; and
WHEREAS, A student exchange program, or other form of academic partnership, between a campus or campuses of the University of California and one or more of the institutions comprising the Historically Black Colleges and Universities could be very beneficial to all of the students and faculty members who choose to participate; and
WHEREAS, A partnership exists between Harvard Law School and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in which law students of the University of California attend Harvard Law School for one of three years, and between Columbia Business School and the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, which jointly administer the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature strongly urges the Regents of the University of California to establish a cost-neutral student exchange program, or another form of cost-neutral academic partnership, such as a joint degree program in which students spend up to two years of a four-year degree program at the host campus, between one or more campuses of the University of California and one or more of the institutions that are classified as Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit a copy of this resolution to each member of the Regents of the University of California and to appropriate presidents of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.