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UC confidential : uncovering the path to access to the University of California

  • Author(s): Figueroa, César
  • et al.
Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine the ways in which the non-academic factors were used in conjunction with the academic factors in today's undergraduate comprehensive admissions review process at the University of California. This research sought to clarify whether there was a differential impact on how African-American, White/Caucasian, and Latino students were admitted via the University of California's Comprehensive Review process. This study further sought to determine if there was a difference in the academic profile among African-American, White/Caucasian, and Latino students admitted to the University of California under the Comprehensive Review process. This study's focus was to determine how the University of California's Undergraduate comprehensive admissions review process affected the access to the University of California across ethnicity. Analysis for this study included the use of a descriptive statistical technique and path analysis statistical procedure to analyze and determine if any of the academic or non- academic variables presented in this study contributed to admissibility to the University of California via the Comprehensive Review process through the use of cross- tabulation tables. Using descriptive statistics and a path analysis statistical procedure allowed the researcher to not only explore the relationship that the non-academic variables had in determining admissions for African- American, White/Caucasian, and Latino students in the Comprehensive Review process, but it also allowed the researcher to analyze the role that the academic variables had in determining the admissibility of African-American, White/Caucasian, and Latino students to the University of California

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