FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday June 5, 2002
Community College Transfers Increase at UC for Fourth Straight Year
University of California campuses have admitted 13,627 transfer students from the California Community Colleges for Fall 2002, 3.8 percent more than in 2001. It is the fourth year in a row with systemwide growth in the number of transfer students.
UC campuses accepted eight out of ten transfer applicants.
California residents accounted for 12,516 of the transfers, 2.4 percent more than in the previous year.
These numbers, however, do not reflect the full transfer picture for 2002-03. Unlike freshmen, transfer students enroll throughout the academic year. UC expects to enroll 15 to 20 percent of this year's transfer students during the winter and spring quarters.
"Working with the California Community Colleges, we are making good progress in expanding access to the University of California for transfer students," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "The community colleges are a wonderful place for many students to begin a UC career. I am hopeful that, with the ultimate funding and implementation of our Dual Admissions Program, the increases we have been seeing will become even larger."
UC's "Dual Admissions" program was put on hold in 2001 due to lack of funding from the State. It would have provided an additional path for students to enter the UC system through the community colleges by granting 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. This program would also provide additional counseling resources to students working towards transfer.
Expanding community college transfers to UC was defined as a goal in a 1997 Memorandum of Understanding between the University of California and the California Community Colleges, and again in a subsequent "partnership agreement" of mutual commitments between UC and the Davis administration. UC's historic transfer rate is approximately 3 percent.
UC is making efforts on a number of fronts to meet these partnership goals, which have resulted in a 9.6 percent increase in transfer students since UC entered into the agreements. These efforts include:
The community college transfer data are available online at:
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