Thursday, February 5, 2009

UC regents OK admissions overhaul

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi (from left), UC President Mark Yudof and Regent Russell Gould listen to public comments during the UC Regents meeting at the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Paul Chinn / The Chronicle)

It will now be a lot easier to apply and get accepted into the UC system, now that the UC Regents has approved these actions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

-- SAT subject tests will no longer be necessary.

-- The pool of applicants who will be considered will widen, but the number guaranteed entry into one of the university's nine undergraduate campuses will shrink.

-- The top 9 percent of high school graduates statewide will be ensured entry, compared with 12.5 percent previously, as well as those in the top 9 percent of their graduating class - up from 4 percent in the past.

Apparently, UC President Mark Yudof is trying to make the UC system more diverse, which indirectly goes against Prop 209. Another form of affirmative action?

"The bottom line is that it will be more diverse and more fair," said UC President Mark Yudof.

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