This is the sort of thing you would almost expect to cause a protest on campus but it probably won’t.

Campus Reform reports:

Cal Poly wants out-of-state students to fund diversity grants

Cal Poly has proposed hiking fees for out-of-state students by thousands of dollars per year in order to fund a grant program aimed at “increasing diversity on campus.”

The “Cal Poly Opportunity Fee” would apply to incoming out-of-state students beginning in the fall 2018 semester, and would initially be set at $2,010 per year, according to a press release put out Wednesday by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The fee would then increase by $2,010 each year for several years, maxing out at $8,040 in 2021, with the proceeds earmarked for a “Cal Poly Opportunity Grant” that would provide financial assistance to low-income California students.

In an email announcing the proposal, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong explained that “we know many qualified students turn down the opportunity to come to Cal Poly simply because of the cost of attendance,” describing the proposed fee as a way to “create new opportunities for high-achieving, low-income California students.”

While income is the sole criterion for the grants, though, Armstrong clarified that an explicit purpose of the proposal is to increase “diversity” on campus.


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