ERIC Number: ED194138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-16
Reference Count: 0
Trends Affecting Undergraduate Education in the University of California.
Kissler, Gerald R.
The excellent academic reputation enjoyed by the undergraduate division of the University of California (UC) is threatened by the decline in the number of community college transfer students and by their relatively poor academic performance. Contributing to this problem are five educational trends expected to continue into the 1980's: (1) the decline in the number of high school graduates, resulting in lower college enrollments and decreased state funding; (2) an increase in the proportion of minority students, many of whom experience high attrition rates; (3) an increased emphasis on vocational education at community colleges, resulting in smaller transfer programs of lower quality; (4) the growing demand for remedial courses at community colleges and the concomitant difficulty of maintaining academic transfer programs compatible with the lower divisions at UC; and (5) the possibility of future budget cuts which may further erode student academic preparation. Many of these problems can be traced to the poor academic training provided by the state's high schools as a result of inadequate state funding and societal factors such as the changing role of the family. Clearly, if these problems are to be solved, UC must take a leading role in increasing awareness of these negative trends, defending adequate state funding at all levels, and insisting upon the highest academic standards. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Declining Enrollment, Ethnic Groups, Financial Problems, High School Students, Higher Education, State Aid, State Universities, Student Attrition, Transfer Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Board of Regents.
Note: Paper presented to the Board of Regents of the University of California, Committee on Educational Policy (October 16, 1980).