Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium (#175 Boalt Hall)

 Graduate School of Education, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

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College admissions policies are receiving renewed attention amid numerous developments in California and nationally: A UC faculty task force is examining the role of tests in UC admissions; both CSU and UC are considering changes to course requirements; California policymakers are considering a bill to expand the use of college admissions tests for the purpose of high school accountability; federal prosecutors have indicted a group of parents for cheating on the SAT; and the College Board released a new tool to help colleges more fully consider students’ environmental contexts (high school and neighborhood) in admissions decisions.

College access is more important than ever, and the time is right for a fresh look at the research on college admissions and the implications for education equity. PACE and UC Berkeley have brought together an amazing group of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with the goal of:

>> Deepening awareness of evidence regarding admissions practices, and their equity implications;

>> Sharing innovations in admissions policy and practice in California and nationwide;

>> Exploring possible directions for California postsecondary admissions policies.

Speakers include leaders from the State Board of Education, each of California’s institutions of higher education (UC, CSU, and community colleges), K-12 school districts, the College Board, and advocacy organizations, along with experts in college admissions and access from universities across California and nationwide.


Michael Brown, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California

Prudence L. Carter, Dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

Eddie Comeaux, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, UC Riverside

Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education; President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute

Christopher Edley, Jr., Professor, UC Berkeley Law School

Saul Geiser, Senior Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

Heather Hough, Executive Director, PACE

Jessica Howell, Vice President of Research, College Board

Michael Kirst, former president, California State Board of Education; Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Nathan Kuncel, Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Michal Kurlaender, Professor of Education Policy, UC Davis School of Education

Nicholas Lemann, Professor, Columbia School of Journalism

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences

Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

Jesse Ryan, Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University

Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District

Joel Vargas, Vice President, Jobs for the Future

Mark Wilson, Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

Allison Wynn, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Programs and Faculty Development and State University Dean, California State University

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