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Open Access Publications from the University of California

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.

Academic Quality
Achievement versus Aptitude
Education
Race and Diversity
The Atkinson Presidency
The Research University
The University and the Economy
University Admissions
University of California

Cover page of Dual Admission Proposal

Dual Admission Proposal

(2000)

Letter to UC Academic Council chair proposing an alternative path to supplement the University’s current admissions process.

Cover page of UC Wants More Transfers from Community Colleges

UC Wants More Transfers from Community Colleges

(1999)

Opinion piece about UC’s efforts to boost community college-to-UC student transfers.