FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 24, 2001
University of California Office of the President
Trey Davis (510) 987-0056
Brad Hayward (510) 987-9195
Dual Admissions Proposal
By a vote of its systemwide Assembly of the Academic
Senate yesterday (May 23), the University of California
faculty gave strong support to a "Dual
Admissions" proposal that would provide eligible
high school students with simultaneous admission offers
to UC and a California community college.
The program, proposed by UC President Richard
C. Atkinson in September 2000, would grant UC admission to students
in the top 4 percent to 12.5 percent of their high school's graduating
class, provided they satisfactorily complete a transfer program
at a community college. The Dual Admissions Program would create
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
The faculty approval includes recommendations that adequate funding
be provided for the counseling and support components of the Dual
Admissions Program and that an evaluation system be implemented
to allow the faculty to review the functioning of the plan.
The next step in considering the proposal
is a vote by the Board of Regents, which could take place as early
"The University of California has always
sought creative and innovative ways to increase educational opportunities
for the next generation of Californians," Atkinson said upon
introducing the proposal last fall. "I believe that more must
be done to recognize and reward high-achieving students from all
areas and backgrounds across the state."
He added that the Dual Admissions plan "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
The Academic Assembly, which serves as the
legislative body of the universitywide Academic Senate, is composed
of faculty representing each UC campus. Assembly members include
the chairs of the nine campus divisions, chairs of major universitywide
Senate committees, and 40 representatives appointed or elected in
proportion to the number of Senate members in each division.
The full text of the faculty recommendations
regarding the Dual Admissions proposal is available on the Web at:
Background information can be found at: http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/commserv/2000/sept2100art1.htm.
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