Fun With Graphs – UCSD Ethnic Underrepresentation Edition
By Taylor Marvin
Here’s an interesting graphical representation of the huge disparity between UCSD’s ethnic makeup and that of California overall:
California data source: CA Census 2010 Profile.
UCSD data source: UC San Diego Undergraduate Enrollment Statistics.
“Asian” category includes self-identified Filipino-Americans for simplicity.
Percentages do not sum to 100 due to rounding, double counting of multiple ethnic affiliations, deletion of certain ethnic affiliations (multiracial, declined to report).
Clearly there’s an enormous gap between ethnic representation in overall Californian society and UCSD enrollment. However, this data isn’t that informative, because it reports demographics for all age groups. We know that California’s changing demographic trends, most notably the rapid growth of Hispanic and Latino populations, are skewing the ethnic makeup of the state’s student-age population away from that of Californian society overall. Here’s the same graph as above, but instead of overall California demographics let’s look at the ethnic makeup of California public school students:
Interesting. White students are close to proportional representation, while Asia-Americans are more dramatically over represented and Hispanic or Latino students further underrepresented. There is a bias in the data though — because the available data only reports public school students, it likely undercounts whites and especially Asians, both who enjoy above average incomes and are proportionally more likely to send their children to private schools.
Despite these bias problems this is still an informative visual representation, and it is interesting that the student body at one of California’s premiere institutes of public education doesn’t look anything like the society it serves.
Update: Minor correction for clarity.