FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 19, 2001
UPDATE: September 18, 2001
Contact: Brad Hayward
REGENTS APPROVE "DUAL ADMISSIONS" PLAN, EXPANDING
UC ACCESS FOR HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS
The University of California Board of Regents today (July
19) approved a "Dual Admissions" program providing
a new way for top-performing California high school students
to become eligible for the UC system and gain admission to
one of the university's campuses.
Under the new policy, students between the top 4 percent
and 12.5 percent of the class in each California high school,
based on grades in UC-required courses, will be granted UC
eligibility and admission provided they complete a transfer
program at a California community college.
Students in their senior year of high school will receive
both an admission offer from a community college and a provisional
admission offer from a UC campus, conditioned upon the student's
satisfactory completion of lower-division work at the community
college. After fulfilling their freshman and sophomore requirements
at the community college, these students will complete their
upper-division studies at the UC campus and receive a UC degree.
"This new program helps fulfill the promise of the Master
Plan for Higher Education, which envisions a strong, effective
transfer program broadening Californians' access to a four-year
college education," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson.
"It also sends a signal to top-performing students, particularly
those in disadvantaged high schools, that they have a clear
path to a UC degree."
Regents approved the program on a 14-3 vote.
The new program was proposed by Atkinson and endorsed by
the Academic Senate, the representative body of the UC faculty,
after a thorough and deliberative review.
The policy is expected to take effect for the class applying
to college for fall 2003 entrance, meaning the first students
transferring to UC through the program would do so in fall
2005. [Update as of Sept. 18, 2001: Implementation of the
program has now been delayed until adequate funding can be
secured. Check back here for updates.]
"After extensive analysis and discussion, the faculty
concluded that this program would extend the benefits of a
UC education to larger numbers of deserving students while
maintaining the university's high academic standards,"
said Michael Cowan, chair of the UC Academic Council and a
professor of American studies and literature at UC Santa Cruz.
Regents approved the new policy with the understanding that
the administration will ask the faculty to carefully examine
several issues - the minimum grade-point average required
for transfer, implications of the program for students in
the top 4 percent of the class in each school and the resources
available for the program's support - and that the president
will then recommend any appropriate policy adjustments to
With the implementation of the "Dual Admissions"
program, there will be four principal ways for a student to
gain UC eligibility.
The first is "Eligibility in the Statewide Context,"
which grants UC eligibility to students meeting certain high
school grade and standardized test score requirements. The
second is "Eligibility in the Local Context," which
grants UC eligibility to the top 4 percent of the class in
each California high school, based on grades in UC-required
The third path, "Dual Admissions," builds on "Eligibility
in the Local Context" and applies to the next group of
students, in the top 4 percent to 12.5 percent of the class,
provided they are not already UC-eligible under the university's
statewide eligibility criteria. And the fourth path is completion
of UC's requirements for transfer at a community college or
other institution providing lower-division instruction.
The new "Dual Admissions" program will help ensure
UC access for students who demonstrate hard work and achieve
academic success in their local educational environment. It
also will help UC meet the goal, contained in the university's
"partnership agreement" with Gov. Gray Davis, of
a 6 percent annual increase in community college transfers
UC campuses currently offer a variety of programs facilitating
a smooth transfer process. "Dual Admissions" builds
on these programs by extending admission to students upon
high school graduation, even though they will be completing
their lower-division preparation outside the university. It
also assures them an enriched program of advising and support
by UC staff during the students' community college enrollment,
improving their chances of academic success.
Academic expectations for the "Dual Admissions"
program will be high. Students made UC-eligible by the new
program will have taken a large number of UC's required college
preparatory courses in high school and, in community college,
will be required to meet the course and grade requirements
for their intended major at a UC campus.
Students beginning their higher education at a community
college have historically done very well after transferring
to UC. Just as 76 percent of entering UC freshmen graduate
within six years, 76 percent of transfer students entering
at the junior year graduate within four years of transferring.
UC grade-point averages upon graduation are 2.95 for students
who entered the university as transfers, compared with 3.12
for those who entered as freshmen.
UC estimates that up to 3,500 new students per year may enroll
through the "Dual Admissions" program. This figure
is consistent with the level of transfer enrollment growth
for which the university has already been planning under the
"partnership agreement" with Gov. Davis.
Every UC undergraduate campus will participate in the program
and admit students through it.
Estimates by the university indicate that 22 percent of students
in the "Dual Admissions" pool will come from rural
schools, 39 percent from urban schools and 39 percent from
suburban schools. By comparison, only 12 percent of students
in UC's existing freshman eligibility pool are from rural
schools, while 41 percent are from urban and 47 percent from
The data also indicate that more than half of the students
in the "Dual Admissions" pool will report parental
income of $35,000 per year or less, compared to 36 percent
of current UC transfers and 29 percent of current UC freshmen.
It is estimated that about 40 percent of the pool will be
white, 29 percent Latino, 18 percent Asian American, 6 percent
African American and 1 percent American Indian, with other/unknown
ethnicities accounting for 6 percent.
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