FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 31, 2001
University of California Office of the President
Brad Hayward (510) 987-9195
TRANSFER ADMISSIONS TO UC FROM CALIFORNIA
UP 9.1 PERCENT; 17.9 PERCENT FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES
University of California campuses have admitted
12,221 California resident transfer students from the California
Community Colleges for fall 2001, a 9.1 percent increase over the
previous year. Among underrepresented minorities - African American,
American Indian and Chicano/Latino students - the increase is 17.9
"Transferring from the community colleges
is an excellent and affordable way to come to the University of
California, so it is encouraging to see the increases in transfer
students this year," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson.
"Increasing student access to UC through the transfer route
is one of the university's highest priorities. These admissions
results demonstrate that, working closely with the community colleges,
we are making good progress."
"It's very heartening to see this significant
increase in admissions to UC," said Thomas J. Nussbaum, chancellor
of the California Community Colleges. "We've been working very
hard with the university to turn these numbers around, and we're
finally beginning to see some significant results. A large increase
in the number of admits is essential if we're to achieve our ultimate
goal of increasing the number of transfers who actually enroll."
An effective transfer program is a key component
of UC's "partnership agreement" with Gov. Gray Davis,
which lays out funding commitments for the state and accountability
commitments for the university. The partnership calls for a 6 percent
annual increase in community college transfers to UC through 2005-06.
That figure is based on final, full-year enrollment, not admissions,
but the fall 2001 admissions figures indicate that UC and the community
colleges are on track toward meeting this year's goal.
UC's total fall-winter-spring enrollment
of California Community College transfer students in 1999-2000 increased
6.6 percent over the 1998-99 level, surpassing the partnership's
goal of 6 percent. Final full-year enrollment figures for 2000-01
are not yet available.
This year's admissions increase for California
Community College transfer students follows a 5.5 percent increase
in applications from these students for fall 2001. UC campuses sent
offers of admission to transfer applicants during the March 1-May
Systemwide, the number of resident underrepresented
minority students admitted to at least one campus in the transfer
process increased 17.9 percent, from 1,989 to 2,345. These students
made up 19.2 percent of the admitted pool of transfer students,
up from 17.8 percent last year.
Every UC campus saw an increase in the number
of underrepresented minority transfer students admitted.
On a systemwide basis, admissions of transfer
students increased 14 percent among African Americans, 85 percent
among American Indians, 11 percent among Asian Americans, 16 percent
among Chicano/Latinos, 3 percent among white students, 2 percent
among students of other ethnicities, and 18 percent among those
declining to state their ethnicity.
The university credits the increase in numbers
of students transferring to its increasingly close working relationships
with community colleges and to new, aggressive efforts to identify
potential transfer students early and help guide them through the
UC admissions process. Examples of the programs underway between
UC and the community colleges include:
- Transfer admission agreements that guarantee
admission to a UC campus for community college students who earn
the required grade point average in the appropriate lower-division
- Outreach programs, such as MESA and Puente,
that foster the academic development of community college students
who face particular challenges in their preparation for transfer
- ASSIST, a Web-based planning system for
transfer students. This system, located on the Internet at www.assist.org,
provides a roadmap to the transfer process by showing how course
credit earned at a California community college can be applied
to a major at UC or the California State University system.
- Programs increasing personal contact.
Representatives from UC campuses visit community colleges regularly
and frequently to offer individualized advising sessions that
help students stay focused on their transfer goals. In 1999-2000,
UC outreach officers made more than 3,400 visits to California's
108 community colleges. Also, "Ensuring Transfer Success"
institutes for community college counselors discuss the most effective
ways to transfer students to UC, and workshops specially designed
for community college counselors are offered at UC's fall counselor
A new proposal by President Atkinson would
provide an additional path for students to enter the UC system through
the community colleges. Atkinson's "Dual Admissions" proposal
would grant admission at a UC campus to students between the top
4 percent and 12.5 percent of their high school's graduating class,
provided they first complete a transfer program at a community college.
Details of the proposal, which has been approved by UC's Academic
Senate and is awaiting a vote by the Board of Regents, are available
on the Web at: http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/commserv/2000/sept2100art1.htm.
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NOTE: Data tables showing fall 2001 transfer
admissions are available at the links below. The figures listed
above are from Table 1.
Table 1 - California
resident transfers from California Community Colleges
Table 2 - All transfers from
California Community Colleges