Wednesday, May 2, 2012

UC-San Diego Community College Transfer Guarantee to End

The UC San Diego program that guarantees transfer admission to community college students who meet certain requirements will come to an end in 2014, campus officials have decided.  They said explosive growth in the number applications under the program, coupled with sharp cuts in state funding for the University of California, have threatened to swamp the campus. Administrators and students at area community colleges said the decision will disproportionately harm disadvantaged students…

UC San Diego’s Transfer Admissions Guarantee, or TAG, program began in the early 1980s. Students from the six regional districts who took specific required courses and earned a 3.0 grade-point average were guaranteed admission to the La Jolla university. Later, UC San Diego entered TAG agreements with 33 colleges around the state. And, since 2009, the program has been open to students from all 112 California community colleges, in accord with a UC policy that prohibits local preferences in such arrangements. 

 “We are overwhelmed by the numbers,” said Penny Rue, vice chancellor for student affairs.  TAG applications to UC San Diego grew from 408 in 2008 to 8,715 in 2011… Rue insisted that only real consequence of eliminating TAG is that the academic qualifications of transfer students will be higher. “This will in no way reduce the number of California community college transfer students,” she said…

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