The Vermont Connection


Raja G. Bhattar


The past two decades have seen considerable change in the demographics of the state of California. The changes in the state’s various racial and ethnic communities, however, have not been mirrored by the population of students that are enrolled in the state’s public institutions of post-secondary education. This article will clarify the differences between the state’s entire population and its efficacy in serving all the constituent communities within that population. The author will challenge the effectiveness with which the state’s educational system serves the people of California, using state census data and enrollment information to clarify the past fifteen years’ trends. The consistency of the trends indicates that the problems that exist now, and the policies that cause them, will continue to be issues for the state in the future. Therefore, I make proposals for how to improve the state institutions’ capacity to serve the populations that are currently not adequately represented in higher education.