Each year, UCI welcomes thousands of talented, diverse and qualified new freshmen. More students than ever are interested in becoming Anteaters — for fall 2017, we received more than 104,000 applications, more than all but two colleges in the nation.
This intense student demand, along with a variety of operational factors, strained our admissions processes this year. During the fall 2017 admissions cycle, we underestimated the number of students who planned to attend. As a result, we held firm on the terms and conditions in the admissions offer, withdrawing acceptances from those who missed deadlines or did not meet academic requirements.
On August 2, 2017, Chancellor Howard Gillman reversed the decision to rescind admissions offers, apologizing to students and their families. He called for an internal audit to determine the cause of the problem and suggest areas for improvement. The audit report is now complete and can be found here. The implementation plan is also available and can be foundhere.
UCI supports the recommendations outlined in the audit report and will immediately institute solutions to remedy the problems the audit team identified, which includes improving communications and information-sharing between admissions-related colleagues; formalizing policies and procedures; enhancing staffing, technology and other related resources; and better educating students and staff about withdrawal notifications and the appeals process.
Many of these improvements are already underway. We are transitioning to a new admissions information system, called Slate, which offers best-in-class communications tools and should be ready in the fall of 2018. Other improvements – such as multi-functional workgroups, additional staffing and training, and codified procedures – will be implemented in the coming weeks.
We sincerely thank the audit team, along with everyone contacted during the review process, for their dedication and hard work. Their insights and ideas are extremely valuable and will benefit the university for years to come.
Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering