As UC admissions numbers were revealed this week, the press framed the numbers as both retreating from and advancing a directive from lawmakers to enroll more in-state students. Highlighting a perceived preference for international students, the Sacramento Bee ran the online headline, “UC Davis admits 60 percent of international students but 36 percent of in-state applicants.” SFGate put a more positive spin on system-wide figures with the headline “UC on track to enroll more Californians.” The LA Times split the difference, running “UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year’s near-historic gains.”
So what actually happened? UC admitted 69,972 California students, a giant leap over two years ago, when the system admitted 61,834 in-state students. However, this year’s figures reflect a decline from last year, when the system admitted 71,178 students from the Golden State. Despite the dip in admission offers, UC says it will enroll 2,500 more California undergraduates this year, fulfilling a pledge it made with lawmakers and the governor after a controversial audit accused the system of favoring non-resident applicants. In total, the UC system agreed to increase in-state enrollment by 10,000 over a three-year stretch, a process that began with an increase of 5,000 last academic year. As UC notes in a press release, “More California students are enrolled at the University of California than at any point in its history.”
In other news, the man the SF Chronicle’s Matier & Ross called the front-runner for Berkeley’s top post has accepted the position Carol Christ held before becoming chancellor this month. As the campus’s new executive vice chancellor and provost, Paul Alivisatos will essentially be second-in-command. The leadership of the UC Regents also saw a passing of the torch, as Monica Lozano stepped down as chair following the conclusion of her one-year term. George Kieffer, an LA-based attorney appointed to the board in 2009 by Schwarzenegger, was elected to a one-year term. He was previously president of the board which oversees the state’s community colleges. While it didn’t receive press attention, the Regents pulled an agenda item that would have allowed UCOP to lower contributions to retiree health benefits.
7/6 – UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year’s near-historic gains (LATimes): The article highlights the plight of students who thought they had a good shot at admission but fell short, especially at UCLA, where over 100,000 potential freshmen applied, a record for the nation.
7/6 – UC Davis admits 60 percent of international students but 36 percent of in-state applicants (SacBee): Twenty-seven percent of admits were international students, the highest share in the system. However, these numbers reflect Davis’s lower yield of international admits, especially compared to campuses like Berkeley and UCLA.
7/6 – University of California opening more seats for in-state students (KPCC): A UC spokesperson is quoted as saying, “President Napolitano’s initiative to increase California resident enrollment is in direct response to the extraordinary demand, of course, in California, for seats at the University of California.”
7/6 – UC on track to enroll more Californians (SFGate): The article notes UCLA has displaced Berkeley as the most selective campus.
You can read UC’s press release here.
7/5 – Paul Alivisatos named next executive vice chancellor, provost (DailyCal): “This position is a very exciting and special one because we have a new chancellor coming in,” Alivisatos is quoted as saying. “I’m excited about working closely with her and the rest of the community so that Berkeley can really define what the future of public education is.”
7/5 – Prominent L.A. Attorney George Kieffer Elected Chair of UC Board of Regents (LABusiness): The brief article notes Kieffer’s background.
You can read UC’s press release here.