ERIC Number: ED446584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Access to the UW System for Wisconsin High School Graduates. Occasional Research Brief, Volume 00, No. 2.
Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison.
This paper examines trends in access rates to the University of Wisconsin (UW) system from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s with particular emphasis on how enrollment management planning for the mid to late 1990s affected the overall UW system access rate for resident undergraduates and how the application and admission patterns of these high school graduates contribute to that rate. Also examined is the degree to which access rates by gender and race/ethnicity parallel the overall UW system access rate. The effect of academic preparation on application, admission, yield (proportion of admitted students who enroll), and access rates is analyzed. The focus is on immediate new freshmen, students who apply for admission to UW institutions for the fall term following high school graduation. Access rates for immediate new freshmen rose between 1976 and 1986 and have remained steady for the past few years at approximately 33%. System access rates for Wisconsin immediate new freshmen have consistently been more than 10 points above the national average. Men have a lower access rate than women, and that gap is increasing. The access rate for students of color was relatively stable between 1995 and 1999, even though enrollments of immediate new freshmen of color grew 35%. An examination of academic preparation shows that UW institutions are attracting well-qualified students. The admission rate for fall 1994 was 94%, and the yield rate was 79%. The yield rate for whites is almost seven percentage points higher than the yield rate for admitted students of color. Students of color constituted approximately 10% of Wisconsin's high school graduates and the same proportion of ACT Assessment test takers. However, students of color represented only 7% of immediate new freshmen enrollments. One of the objectives of the UW enrollment management system will be to increase the number of students of color enrolling. Fourteen appendixes contain detailed tables of admissions and yield information. (Contains 14 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison.