UC Considers Guaranteed Admissions to Qualified Community College Students

UC Considers Guaranteed Admissions to Qualified Community College Students


UC President Janet Napolitano

Currently, community college students who take the required classes are guaranteed admission to the Cal State University system, however, the University of California system does not offer the same opportunity. According to reports, that may soon change. 

Last Wednesday, UC President Janet Napolitano announced she has called for the university system to explore ways to guarantee admission to California’s community college students if “they’re academically eligible.” 

Napolitano has suggested one way to begin the guaranteed admission process might be the UC system’s 21 Transfer Pathways. Transfer Pathways provide students with roadmaps to 21 of the most popular majors at any UC campus. 

“Successful completion of a pathway, along with obtaining the requisite GPA, should entitle a community college student to a comprehensive review by all UC campuses and a guaranteed place in the UC system,” Napolitano said during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco where she announced the proposal. 

“This would be a major leap for the University of California — one that must be implemented carefully to achieve its desired effect,” Napolitano continued. 

Napolitano wants the guaranteed transfer arrangement in place by Fall 2019. However, before it can be implemented, it would need to be approved by the Academic Senate, which sets admissions policy for the university system. 

Furthermore, depending on the Senate’s recommendations, the UC Board of Regents may also need to agree to the changes. Community colleges wanting to participate would have to align with UC’s transfer policies.

A spokesperson for the UC system cautioned that Napolitano’s proposal is still early in the planning process and that so far “nothing is set in stone.” 

According to the nonprofit EdSource, last fall the organization Campaign for College Opportunity issued a report criticizing the UC system, calling it the “often-confusing ‘maze’ of transfer rules community college students confront,” and urged the UCs to create a guaranteed admissions policy for transfer students.

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