California Public Universities May Eliminate Admission by Exception

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Admission by exception at the UC schools may soon be a thing of the past (photo credit: Alton).

In the wake of the college admissions bribery and cheating scandal, California lawmakers have advanced a bill that aims to eliminate admission by exception in the University of California and California State University systems — which is admission without the approval of three administrators. Currently, it’s possible for students to earn admission to UC or Cal State schools with the approval of only one college administrator — but not for long if these California legislators get their way with their proposed AB 1383 bill. And we hope they do get their way because we fully support more checks and balances in the college admissions process.

California Legislators Propose Elimination of Admission by Exception at UC Schools

As Patrick McGreevy reports for The Los Angeles Times in a piece entitled “College admissions scandal prompts California lawmakers to move ahead with reforms,” “In a letter, UC system officials told lawmakers that less than 2% of admissions in recent years have been college applicants receiving exceptions to admissions standards. That includes 519 students last year.” This so-called “admission by exception” policy is one specific to the University of California and California State University systems, though similar policies are certainly in place at other state universities throughout our nation and hopefully legislators from other states will soon follow the lead of these California lawmakers.

Do our readers think the proposed elimination of admission by exception at the UC schools will significantly change the admissions process to schools like UCLA and UC Berkeley? Let us know your thoughts on the matter by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!


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