To boost admissions of Californians, state should dumb down education master plan

Dec 12, 2015 by

Many education reformers have long argued that California’s seminal Master Plan for Higher Education is no longer suited to the task of producing millions more college graduates from an increasingly diverse pool of high school students.

The plan, they argue, should be revised to increase the share of students eligible to attend the two four-year public university systems, UC and Cal State, while expanding enrollment and boosting graduation rates.

That idea was renewed recently with the release of a new report by the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity that suggests admission to the most popular campuses is out of reach for all but the most qualified students.

Currently, UC is supposed to draw enrollment from the top 12.5% of high school graduates and Cal State from the top 33.3%.

Lawmakers should authorize an increase in those caps to the top 15% of high school graduates at UC and the top 40% at Cal State, the reports suggests.

But is revising the master plan caps feasible and what would such an effort entail? A recent state law requires the director of the state’s Office and Planning and Research to evaluate admission policies of the two systems and determine the number of students eligible for admission. That study is due to be presented to the Legislature a year from now.

Source: To boost admissions of Californians, state should revamp education master plan, report says – LA Times

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