Thursday, September 21, 2000
Brad Hayward, 510.987.9195
ANNOUNCES MAJOR ADMISSION PROPOSAL
Richard C. Atkinson issued the following statement today (Sept. 21) regarding
a proposed plan for increasing educational opportunities at the University
the next decade, there will be a tremendous increase in the number of
students preparing to enter California higher education. UC is anticipating
more than 60,000 new students by 2010. This level of growth requires all
sectors of higher education to aggressively rethink how it serves the
college-age population grows, I believe that the state and UC must be
committed to maintaining the viability of the California Master Plan for
Higher Education, which promises a high-quality, affordable college education
to all California high school graduates who seek one.
a college-educated population is essential to our state. Students who
succeed at UC and other four-year institutions fuel our information-based
economy. As higher education institutions, we must continue to equip our
young people with the skills necessary to become leaders and engaged participants
in a knowledge-based society.
University of California has always sought creative and innovative ways
to increase educational opportunities for the next generation of Californians.
I believe that more must be done to recognize and reward high-achieving
students from all areas and backgrounds across the state.
meet this challenge of increasing demand for a college education and continue
to support the states long-term needs, I am asking the Academic
Senate to consider a major change in UCs approach to eligibility
proposing a new path for students to enter UC, in addition to graduating
in the top 12.5 percent statewide or the top 4 percent of their high school.
This path would grant admission to an additional 8.5 percent of top students
from each high school provided they satisfactorily complete a transfer
program at a community college.
proposed effort will in effect constitute a dual admission program that
strengthens our relations with the California Community Colleges and extends
the long-term viability of the Master Plan for Higher Education. Most
importantly, it will send a clear signal to students all over the state,
from urban and rural schools, from all ethnic groups and all socio-economic
groups, that they have a clear path to a UC degree.
proposal will require thorough consideration and approval by our faculty.
Implementation will present many challenges in outreach, admissions management
and coordination of student services. However, the potential benefits
justify grasping this chance to increase educational opportunities for
more of the states students."