MISMATCH AND THE SWELLING RANKS OF GRADUATES
THE WARMING EFFECT we documented in Chapter Eight was an unexpected development. Although administrators feared that an end of racial preferences would produce disaster, the University of California instead experienced an upsurge of interest among California high school students of all races and record applications and yields from black and Hispanic seniors. The various UC campuses were able to admit stronger students and mitigate the enrollment drops produced by the loss of racial preferences. The warming effect fostered a virtuous cycle in future years that, with improved outreach to low- and moderate-income communities, further augment black and Hispanic enrollment.
This leads us to ...