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New Outreach Program Involves Entire Campus at UC Riverside

New Outreach Program Involves Entire Campus at UC Riverside

(June 17, 1999)

NOTE: The text of UC Regents presentation is available online.

The University of California, Riverside has a long tradition of reaching out to help K-12 schools and underrepresented students, but new initiatives supported by The UC Regents and the State of California have enabled the campus to accelerate its efforts and have paid big dividends.

That was the story told by UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach and a team of campus representatives who briefed The Regents meeting Thursday in San Francisco.

Orbach said that major increases in the number of traditionally underrepresented ethnic minority students were made during the admissions cycle for the quarter beginning in Fall 1999.

Some 2,983 freshman have declared their intention to register at UCR next fall, an increase of 23.4 percent over that of the current year. African American, Chicano/Latino, and American Indian freshmen total 772, a number greater than that of any other UC campus.

Orbach juxtaposed those figures with data from UC President Richard C. Atkinson showing the rates by which recipients of bachelor's degrees from UC general campuses and member schools of the Association of American Universities go on to achieve academic doctorates.

UCR's position as 20th in the nation, and just behind UC San Diego, was evidence that the quality and rigor of the campus are among the country's best, Orbach said. Orbach said that among the qualities contributing to UCR's success in outreach is the whole campus mission-driven approach to it.

"I am gratified by the results and I am heartened by the diversity of our new freshmen. This is a class that looks like the face of California-fully eligible students whose hard work and native intelligence have earned them a shot at a most rigorous unive rsity education.

"Whether these students become teachers, doctors or university professors, we know they will make an impact," Orbach said.

The chancellor led a contingent of five people from UCR who gave a 20-minute overview.

The Riverside campus, located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, draws from an inland region that has historically produced students less likely to be eligible for the UC than their peers in much of the rest of the state. UC accepts the top 12.5 percent of gra duating high school students across the state.

David Warren, executive vice chancellor, noted that between 1990 and 1996, the UC eligibility rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties rose from 6 percent to 8 percent, a significant jump, he said, but not enough.

"How will we know when we are successful?" Warren asked. "When 12.5 percent of the students from our area are UC eligible. We will not stop until we reach that goal."

Javier Hernandez, the director of Early Academic Outreach at UCR, brought along Ana Vargas, a recent UCR graduate, to introduce The Regents to one personal success story. The daughter of a Spanish-speaking single mother, Vargas, who graduated in 1998, was the first in her family to attend a college or university. She is now pursuing a teaching credential.

"I am confident that one day she will be one our most enthusiastic teaching partners," Hernandez said.

Pamela S. Clute is director of the Alpha Center, a new entity designed to coordinate and foster K-12 interaction with the university. She said new money approved by the State of California and The UC Regents will help the Riverside campus engage with tea chers and schools to improve achievement by students.

Rodney Ogawa, professor of education, said that campus outreach efforts are being thoroughly evaluated to see whether, and why, they increase the UC eligibility rate, or the rate of college-going in general from the area. This evaluation will not only ins ure accountability, but will be available to help others replicate successful programs.

UCR is expected to grow to 15,000 students by the academic year starting in 2005. This academic year, there were 10,602 students recorded at UCR during the benchmark census last October. That included 9,130 undergraduates and 1,472 graduate students. The campus expects to confer about 2,600 degrees this month.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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