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n an effort to broaden student access to a UC education, the University of California has been pursuing two initiatives that create new paths for students to become eligible for UC admission.

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Eligibility in the Local Context
Adopted by the Board of Regents in March 1999 and now being implemented for the first time with the fall 2001 entering class, the "Eligibility in the Local Context" (ELC) program grants UC eligibility to the top 4 percent of seniors in each California high school, based on their grades in UC-required courses. This program supplements UC's existing statewide eligibility criteria, which consist of high school grades and scores on standardized tests.

Eligibility indicates that a student has met the university's basic academic requirements, and it guarantees the student a place somewhere in the UC system, though not necessarily at his or her campus of choice. Admission to a specific campus is a second, separate step in the process.

The ELC program recognizes students' academic accomplishments within the context of the opportunities available at their high schools. The regents adopted the program to ensure that high-performing students from all areas of the state have access to UC, regardless of the level of course offerings or other educational opportunities at their schools. It is estimated that the ELC program will grant UC eligibility each year to an additional 3,600 students who would not be otherwise eligible under the university's statewide eligibility criteria.

About 80 percent of students eligible to apply for UC under the ELC program did apply for fall 2001 admission. They represent approximately 15 percent of all California freshman applicants to UC this year. Offers of admission by individual campuses will be made in March.

Dual Admissions
Expanding upon the ELC program, UC President Richard C. Atkinson has proposed a new "Dual Admissions" program that would offer yet another path to UC eligibility.

Under this program, students who rank in the top 4 percent to 12.5 percent of the graduating class at their high school - and who are not UC-eligible under the university's statewide criteria - would be granted admission to UC, provided they first complete a transfer program at a community college. After fulfilling their freshman and sophomore requirements at a community college, they would complete their upper-division studies at a UC campus.

The Dual Admissions program would strengthen UC's working relationship with the California Community Colleges and increase the number of California high school graduates who go on to earn a bachelor's degree. Most importantly, it would send a clear signal to high-achieving students in low-performing schools that they have a straightforward path to a UC degree.

Preliminary estimates indicate that approximately 10,300 to 12,700 students annually would become eligible for UC admission under the Dual Admissions plan.

President Atkinson has made this proposal to the UC faculty, who have responsibility for the university's admissions criteria and who are currently reviewing the plan.

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