A new task force has been created by the university to review and correct how undergraduate campuses verify admitted students’ academic credentials prior to enrollment.
The Admissions Verification Task Force was announced by UC President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday in response to problems with admissions at UC Irvine this past summer, according to Ricardo Vazquez, spokesperson for UC Office of the President, or UCOP.
Currently, UC Irvine is investigating the over-enrollment that caused chaos and distress with large-scale withdrawal notices, according to UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. Because of unsubmitted transcripts or poor academic performance, more than 500 offers of admission to UC Irvine were rescinded, but all but 50 students were readmitted, Gillman said in Wednesday’s Board of Regents meeting.
“The purpose of the president’s task force is to look into the process in order to standardize it across campuses and make it more effective and responsive to students,” Vazquez said. “Berkeley, as all other UC undergraduate campuses, will need to abide by whatever recommendations the Regents approve.”
The Admissions Verification Task Force hopes to clarify the admissions process pathway by reviewing the current verification and appeal processes and recommending practices that better serve admitted students and their administrations, according to a UCOP press release.
Currently, the admissions verification process includes reviewing that students have completed the high school requirements for enrolling in a UC school, graduating with at least a C average in grades, and for transfers, completing pre-major requirements, according to UCOP. This is verified through official submission of transcripts from schools and submission of test scores from testing services like the College Board and ACT, which also can exempt students from taking required classes.
High school senior Vanessa Oien said she believed that verification of transcripts should happen before guaranteed admission. She agreed with the UC policy to revoke admission after poor school performance, but not because of transcript mess-ups.
Campus freshman Olivia Bejar said she was glad that the university was making an effort to review and potentially better the admissions process. She had struggled to properly submit her transcripts to UC Berkeley when she was applying for the 2017-2018 school year.
“After I found out what had happened at Irvine, I was worried my admission would be revoked,” Bejar said.
Bejar also said she was satisfied with the outreach Berkeley made in contacting her about her lost transcript. Bejar added that the campus repeatedly sent her email reminders and helped her resolve the issue.
The task force will report back to the Board of Regents to present its findings and recommendations on the admissions verification process in a meeting this November, according to the press release.