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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

UC Admissions Policies Must Be Clarified

November 08, 2003

If the controversy over UC admissions policies has made one thing clear, it's the need for a more transparent application process (Nov. 3). Under the current system, high school students are given only the vaguest description of what admissions officers look for, and several months after mailing their applications receive letters containing a life-altering decision with no explanation behind it. The bickering among the regents, along with the flurry of confusing analyses manipulating admissions data, is the inevitable result of an opaque policy that's bound to create resentment.

As public institutions, the eight UC campuses should be obligated to tell each applicant exactly why he or she was accepted or rejected. Only then can Californians be sure that admissions to the world's most prestigious public universities are fair and equitable.

Rani Sitty

Studio City

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