Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

California Plan Would Boost Minority Counts, Route Students through Community Colleges

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

California Plan Would Boost Minority Counts, Route Students through Community Colleges

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OAKLAND, CALIF.

University of California officials are proposing a new road to admissions that could bring in more Black and Hispanic students, provided they re willing to take a detour through community college.

The proposal, which requires approval by faculty and regents, would expand offers of guaranteed admission from the current top 4 percent of each high school to the top 12.5 percent at each high school.

The additional 8.5 percent would not get immediate entry to the university system, but they would be simultaneously admitted to a four-year college and to a community college and told what courses they need to complete to transfer.

Because students would transfer as upperclassmen, the new program doesn't take away freshman seats. University officials say they have the capacity to handle up to 3,500 transfers expected from the new program by 2005.

The program could make up to 12,700 more students eligible for admission. Of those, up to 36 percent are Hispanic, Black or American Indian, the three groups considered to be under-represented at the university.

By contrast, under-represented minorities make up 12 percent of the current poll of freshmen eligible to attend the University of California.

"Clearly, it will have an impact on the number of under-represented minorities," the university system's president, Dr. …

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