Winter Admissions Feedback Request

Date: 
03 Nov 2015
Description: 

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS
ACADEMIC SENATE

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the University of California is committed to increasing enrollment of California frosh and California Community College students.  The exact numbers are not yet determined, but they are expected to be at a significantly higher level than the campus had anticipated for the entering 2016-17 class. Our campus plans to assess new alternatives to accommodate more students, and one of them is to consider winter admission.

This letter is to request your division’s (or committee’s) input on the question of opening up the application process for students to apply to attend during Winter quarter.  The comments will be shared and discussed with the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid (CAFA), and be presented to Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC) Galloway as she considers our near and long term enrollment plans.  

Since the Winter of 2011, we typically have had 30-70 transfer students who applied to enter in Fall, but deferred to Winter.  The last time we brought in a large winter class was 346 junior level transfers in the Winter of 2010. We typically have fewer than 5 new frosh entering in Winter.  In Winter 2016, 77 frosh are expected to join our campus as a result of winter admission offers to previously cancelled fall students. Given the low and sporadic occurrences of winter enrollment, opening of winter admission to both frosh and transfer students should mitigate the increasing pressure of fall enrollment.  The same admissions standards as for Fall would apply.

However, winter admission might generate different challenges to various units on campus. For example, programs may need to revise course sequencing or undertake other curricular design.  Cohort building, a key contributor to student success, may be more difficult. We need to learn and anticipate challenges that might be associated with winter admission. Therefore, we would like to solicit your assistance and advice in the following items:

  • What issues and concerns do units or committees have with potential growth of the Winter transfer class to 100-200 students?

  • What would units need to do to accommodate such transfer growth and what resources may be needed to achieve the growth?

  • What issues and concerns do units or committees have with potential growth of the Winter frosh class to 50-150 students?

  • What would units need to do to accommodate such frosh growth and what resources may be needed to achieve the growth?

 

While our preliminary assessment is that frosh Winter admission may be more challenging than transfer Winter admission, it is imperative for us to entertain all options in order to determine the best approaches to meet the mandated enrollment demand.

Please ask units to provide preliminary feedback no later than November 15 to assist with CP/EVC Galloway’s discussions with the Office of the President.  Updated information to assist with campus planning and final campus decision making regarding possible Winter 2017 entering classes should be received by December 15.  We truly appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at rph@ucsc.edu.  

Unit responses to these questions can be provided online using CruzID Blue at https://www.ue.ucsc.edu/winteradmission.  Questions regarding the form may be addressed to Chief of Staff David Abercia, dabercia@ucsc.edu.

 

Thank you,

Richard Hughey
Vice Provost & Dean Undergraduate Education

 

Cc:  CP/EVC Galloway
CAFA Chair Hu