Californians Aware, a nonprofit that advocates for government transparency, is requesting public information from universities and community colleges across the state and grading the schools on their results — literally.
Locally, the San Diego Community College District got an A, San Diego State University got an A+, and the University of California San Diego got a D. (The nonprofit noted that if it hadn’t been for delays in getting the information, UCSD would have gotten a much better grade.) Interestingly, that pattern seems to mirror the statewide trend, according to a Californians Aware press release:
A systematic check of how well California’s tax-supported education institutions respond to requests for public information shows University of California campuses to be consistently slower to provide clearly public information than those of the California State University system — for reasons that are hard to understand.
You can check out all the details, including what the nonprofit requested, the responses they got and even the email trail. Californians Aware is slated to release similar data about school districts next week.
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