Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Plan to Boost Minority Enrollment at UC Campuses Stalled for Lack of Funds. (Oakland, Calif.)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Plan to Boost Minority Enrollment at UC Campuses Stalled for Lack of Funds. (Oakland, Calif.)

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An attempt to boost minority enrollment at the University of California by guaranteeing admission to the top 12.5 percent of each high school class has stalled for lack of funds.

The UC board of regents voted in July to make the change, which extended a previous guarantee of eligibility to students who graduated in the top 4 percent of their class. But the Legislature recessed last month without appropriating the money needed to set up the program.

"The legislative clock ran out on us," UC spokesman Michael Reese said last month.

UC's overall admissions policy is to draw from the top 12.5 percent of all students statewide. But because of the varying quality of high schools, that has meant that good schools sent a lot of students to the university system while poor schools sent few.

Currently, the top 4 percent of students from each high school in the state are assured admission to one of the University of California's nine campuses. Under the new policy, known as "dual admissions," students who fell between the top 4 percent and 12.5 percent of their class also would have been assured admission to the university system if they attended community college for their first two years and met a minimum grade-point average. …

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