Richard C. Atkinson served as the University of California's seventeenth president from 1995 to 2003. The Atkinson years were a time of dramatic expansion and landmark issues for UC. Enrollments, research programs, and funding all grew rapidly to new highs. The University faced the imperative of pursuing diversity in the post-affirmative action age, created new paradigms for industry-university cooperative research, and challenged the validity of the SAT I, the nation's most widely used college entrance examination.
The speeches, lectures, and other papers gathered here document these and a variety of other issues. The principal theme of this collection is the University of California itself, and the role it plays as a public research university in a diverse, dynamic, and knowledge-based society. We hope you will enjoy this introduction to the events and challenges of the Atkinson presidency.
Presidential and Scientific Papers—Richard Atkinson
Academic Quality (34)
Educational Leadership for California
Testimony on demand for the education doctorate before the California Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education.
Teach Children to Read? Higher Education Is Lending a Hand
Opinion piece about summer institutes for California’s K-12 teachers sponsored by UC and the California State University.
Achievement versus Aptitude (6)
UC Takes a Look at SAT I's Worth
Opinion piece about the role of standardized testing and the SAT I.
UC and the SAT: Recommended Principles for the Use of Admission Tests at the University of California
Rethinking Admissions: US Public Universities in the Post-Affirmative Action Age
In the aftermath of SP-1 and Proposition 209, the University of California has adopted several strategies in order to maintain access. In the long term, the university seeks to work with individual students to improve their academic preparation and to expand partnerships with the K-12 public sector. The state’s need to educate more of its minority citizens is urgent, however, so in the shorter term the University has focused on three strategies in its admissions process: comprehensive review, Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC), and the Dual Admissions Program (DAP). The paper also discusses the use of standardized tests in judging students’ readiness for university-level work, and especially changes to the SAT tests that have come about partly in response to UC policies. The paper concludes by assessing the ongoing debates over racial preferences in college admissions.
Opportunity in a Democratic Society: Race and Economic Status in Higher Education
In July 1995, the University of California