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Governor Newsom signs legislation to guarantee access for incoming UC Berkeley students


SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to ensure students in the incoming class at UC Berkeley can enroll on campus this fall. A recent court order could have forced UC Berkeley to close the door to thousands of potential freshmen and transfer students, disproportionately impacting students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds. “I am grateful to the Legislature for acting quickly on this critical issue – it sends a clear signal that California will not let lawsuits get in the way of the education and dreams of thousands of students, our future leaders and innovators,” Governor Newsom said. Governor Newsom today signed SB 118, which ensures that student enrollment on a college campus is not considered a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), while preserving requirements that long-term campus development plans are thoroughly reviewed for environmental impacts. This legislation is in addition to that of Governor Newsom amicus brief filed in the case, arguing that the California Supreme Court should block a lower court’s order limiting listings because the order would compromise key state priorities. The state, consistent with the Governor’s budget priorities, has made historic investments in higher education, including a total of $47.1 billion in the last enacted budget. Expanding college access is a keystone of the higher education vision, with the state supporting expanded enrollment of nearly 5,000 full-time equivalent students within the UC system and nearly 10,000 full-time equivalent students within the California State University system in the 2019-20 budget. . The state has also invested $2 billion to build thousands of affordable student housing units – earlier this month the administration recommended that the first $480 million be used to create affordable housing for 3 545 students from public colleges and universities. The Governor of California’s blueprint proposal builds on these priorities by expanding access to education at all levels, with a focus on increasing enrollment for state residents and transfers from community colleges to the UC system, including UC Berkeley. The proposed expansion of access to California’s world-class higher education system includes the following:

  • For the UC system, from 2023-24 and through 2026-27, California undergraduate enrollment increases by more than 7,000, with a significant portion of new enrollment growth occurring at UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles and UC San Diego – follow-up demand from prospective students and families.
  • For the CSU system, beginning in 2023-24 and continuing through 2026-27, increase California resident undergraduate enrollment by more than 14,000.

In turn, both systems have committed – in return for historic investments – to closing equity gaps in graduation, expanding access for transfer students, creating debt-free pathways, and increasing 25% the number of students in fields related to climate action, health. care, education and technology. Governor Newsom also signed the following bill today: SB 119 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Budget Act 2021. For the full text of the bills, visit: