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UCLA again considering diversity class requirement

UCLA again considering diversity class requirement

Despite three unsuccessful previous efforts, UCLA officials again are proposing that most undergraduates take a class in racial, cultural, gender or religious diversity.

Most UC campuses and many other universities have such a requirement. But UCLA's largest faculty group, which has authority over curriculum changes, has repeatedly rejected the idea, most recently in a low-turnout vote in 2012.

Now, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is trying again for what he said is an important academic goal.

"We owe it to our students," Block said in a recent interview. "Many of our students have wanted this for several years. I think the faculty owes it to the students to...