We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A few years ago, the state colleges and state universities announced a program to push the maximum number of students in to junior college first, "to make room for more upper division students". Now, however, junior college students, even those with good grades, attempting to transfer are finding that there are no openings, because of racial and other preferences for blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and other "preferred" groups. And, oh yes, paying out of state and foreign students.
So, the white males are not lazy or stupid, they are just being discriminated against.
Put another way, there is no room for the children of middle class white taxpayers who are bleeding to support the system. When this sinks in, I suspect that the UC system will be in for a well-deserved, overdue and extremely ugly shock. Personally, I will never vote for another California school bond as long as I live (and my wife and I vote in EVERY election).
I am not looking for "affirmative action", I'm just looking for ordinary fairness, which is totally absent in the UC system.
This demographic issue is primarily gender (too few males are going to college) at virtually all schools other than the very best schools, as you probably know, and it may well have little or nothing to do with race. As of 2005, the proportion was 54/46 female/male for enrollment rates and presumably it was significantly larger at the application level (though I couldn't find any numbers for that, looking quickly).
It's pretty obvious that the admissions department reaction (in admitting males under different criteria than females) is a straight-forward effort to ensure some gender balance, presumably so that everyone can have some sort of social life.
Having just finished watching my third child, a son incidentally, get into college, I find the book review almost bizarre. I have no idea what sort of schools the writer of the subject book was talking about but he obviously worries about college admissions way too much.
I worked at a college and I never saw a white male that received a Pell grant. It was mostly women and a few black males. Additionally I have never seen a student in the engineering, mathematics or computer science school with a Pell grant. Most recipients of free money choose psychology, ethnic studies or sociology. We spend a lot of public money on degress we don't need for people who often are unable to get a degree in anything we do need.