UCLA is considering major steps to enroll more students in the state, such as expanding course offerings and opening a satellite campus.
Chancellor Gene Block announced new university initiatives this winter to meet the University of California’s goal of adding 20,000 additional enrollment spaces across its 10 campuses by 2030.
These initiatives followed an increase in the number of university applications. This year, the university received more than 168,000 applications, more than double the number received in 2012, when there were 72,697 applications.
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The demand for enrollment places is greater than the available supply, said Sarah Wang, external vice president of the Undergraduate Student Association Council.
The university is exploring several options to increase enrollment, Block said.
One idea is to increase four-year graduation rates, which would allow the university to enroll more students in incoming classes, Block said.
Another way to do this would be to increase the number of summer courses so that students have more opportunities to complete their graduation requirements, Block added.
“When students graduate on time, it frees up space so the campus can add more undergraduates without necessarily increasing overall enrollment,” said UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez. , in an emailed statement.
The university will also seek to increase the number of places available in courses, Vazquez added.
As the smallest campus in the UC system by land area, the university must pursue options that won’t put more strain on an already stressed campus, Block said.
“The university should definitely consider its ability to grow while providing quality education,” said Wang, a third-year communications student.
Bigger changes are also being considered, such as using online classes and opening a satellite campus, according to Block’s update.
UCLA’s announcement of the ideas coincides with UC Berkeley’s legal battle over plans to increase enrollment on its campus.
In March, the California Supreme Court decided to freeze admissions at UC Berkeley at 2020-2021 levels, which would eliminate more than 3,000 enrollment spaces. However, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on March 14 to overturn the decision.
To offset the local environmental impact of increased enrollment, UC Berkeley will significantly increase its payments to the city, UC Berkeley spokeswoman Janet Gilmore said in an emailed statement.
The UC Berkeley legal battle has shown the need for UCLA to consult with surrounding neighborhoods about plans to increase enrollment, Wang said.
Since the plan to increase enrollment is still in its early stages, interest groups will be consulted as further decisions are made, Vazquez said.
“While we do not yet have specific details on how growth will be achieved at UCLA, or how many students the campus will add, we plan to consult with all appropriate constituents once the plan is finalized. expansion will start to take shape,” Vazquez said. .