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UC Faculty Approve Change in Admissions

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UC Faculty Approve Change in Admissions

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noteworthy news: UC Faculty Approve Change in Admissions

BERKELEY, CALIF.

University of California faculty have endorsed a change in the admissions policy that would look at students' life achievements ??? well as their academic records.

The systemwide assembly of the Academic Senate met late last month at UCLA and voted 42-0 in favor of the new approach, known as "comprehensive review." There were three abstentions.

The vote means the issue now goes to the university's governing board of regents. The board is expected to vote later this month at its regular meeting in San Francisco.

The change would not affect who gets into UC's nine campuses. That is determined by eligibility, which depends on meeting minimum grade and test score totals or on graduating in the top 4 percent of one's high school class. UC has a policy of finding a spot somewhere in the system for all eligible students. Where comprehensive review comes in is in deciding which student goes where, in particular, which students go to the highly competitive campuses such as Berkeley and UCLA.

Campuses are required to take at least 50 percent of their students based on academic factors alone. The remainder can be considered on grades plus four supplemental factors, which include such things as overcoming poverty or a difficult family situation. Comprehensive review would allow campuses to view all applicants on academic and supplemental factors.

Regents set the 50 percent academics alone requirement in 1995, the same time they banned considering race or gender in admissions. …

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