FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2002
Eligibility in the Local Context
Boosts Enrollment at the University of California
The University of California's two-year-old
Eligibility in the Local Context program boosted enrollment
in 2001 and provided opportunities to a greater number
of deserving students in the program's second year,
according to a new university report. Approximately
2,065 new applications were received as a direct result
of ELC in its first year.
Under ELC, the top four percent of
students in each participating California high school's
graduating senior class are granted UC eligibility,
based on their successful completion of specific college
In 2001, most of California's high
schools participated in ELC -- 98 percent of public
schools and more than 78 percent of private schools
-- and the number of applications grew by nearly 20
percent over the year before. The growth indicates that
more students from rural and urban schools are pursuing
a UC education. Application estimates at ELC schools
also show strong gains for underrepresented students.
"The ELC program has been a
success from the very beginning, with good cooperation
from our colleagues in California's high schools,"
said UC Director of Undergraduate Admissions Carla Ferri.
"Students increasingly view UC as their best educational
option, especially in schools that traditionally send
few students to UC."
The ELC program was designed to increase
the University of California's presence in each California
high school and extend UC eligibility to students with
high academic accomplishments at schools that historically
have sent few graduates to the university. By identifying
the top students at each high school and recognizing
their achievements, UC is fostering a college-going
The ELC report and an ELC fact sheet
are available on the web at: http://www.ucop.edu/news/cr/welcome.html.
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