THOUSAND OAKS : University Increases Minority Students


California Lutheran University is reporting a sharp increase in the number of black, Latino and Asian students who will be enrolled as freshmen in the fall.

About 71, or 28.4%, of the 250 students who are expected to start college in September are minorities, said Chris Munoz, the university’s vice president of enrollment.

Last fall, only 31, or 13.4%, of the 232 freshmen were from minority groups, he said.


The 1,650-student campus in Thousand Oaks is responding to demographic shifts in Ventura County’s population, Munoz said.

Roughly a third of the people who live in the county belong to a minority group, yet only 12.5% of the students enrolled at the university last year were minorities.

Most of the 71 freshmen come from high schools in the county, Munoz said. The goal is to enroll 91 new minority students by the 1993-94 academic year, he said.

Bolstering minority enrollment was the aim of a three-year, $600,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation received last year.