You only brought up the press release that says it will accept more applicants based upon factors other than the SAT tests. I will only address this issue in this post as there are many other aspects of the policy that is steering the education at these schools in the wrong direction as well.
These tests are where many American Asians are strong, this is a fact. So, the new policy is specifically targeting American Asians. I am not sure how it will affect foreign born Asians since I don't have any of the admission data.
Sports will gain a boost. Your quote states that "qualified applicants" who would not do well in these standardized tests, but would otherwise fit well at the UC schools would also benefit. Who are they? Generally, not Asians, but possibly other minorities?
My guess is that applicants from abroad will also benefit from this. Non US applicants are also wealthier, and will pay full price for tuition and housing. Their weakness? More than likely the Verbal SAT scores which they are scrapping.
Instead of having a generally higher level of education, the school will depend upon the higher level of the fewer local applicants who exceed the new bar of purely academic acceptance to keep the standards higher. They will get tuition from richer less qualified foreign applicants. They will recruit much better athletes with not so great academic standards.
Who wins? The school. Is it fair? IDK, that's why I am posing this question to you guys to get a better feel.
I would like to know how everyone feels about this.
I'm also likely always going to be for policies that lean less on standardized tests. They are a poor judge of talent, IMO. They show you who is good at prepping for and taking tests, not necessarily one who is most proficient in the material.
Sorry, but it's definitely not some outrageous conspiracy thinking. It's pretty obvious to me that this act is targeting Asian Americans. Most of them have adapted to the current rules and take AP classes and tutoring in order to meet the current University requirements.
One could argue that the current policy is "unfair" to other minorities, foreign nationals or anyone not capable of holding a 4.5 GPA through 4 years of high school.
One could also argue that this will stop the Asian parent from overworking their child 8 hours a day studying to meet the requirements.
BTW, my family is not affected by this policy in any way. We could get in by other outdated government policies if we played that card. I don't let my kid know, and let my wife manage their education, Asian style.