Report 2019-113 Recommendation 1 Responses
Report 2019-113: The University of California: Qualified Students Face an Inconsistent and Unfair Admissions System That Has Been Improperly Influenced by Relationships and Monetary Donations (Release Date: September 2020)
Recommendation #1 To: University of California
To protect the fairness and integrity of its admissions processes, the Office of the President should establish systemwide protocols for admissions processes by the fall 2021 admissions cycle that prohibit the following:
- Giving authority to any one person to make a final admissions decision.
- Consideration of an applicant's familial or other personal relationships to university staff or faculty in an admissions decision.
- Communication between a campus's development office and its admissions office about applicants and prospective applicants.
6-Month Agency Response
The University president has required all campuses to implement this recommendation and to document the processes and procedures, via a letter sent in November 2020. All campuses have submitted documentation to address processes and procedures for identifying and reporting inappropriate behavior to influence admissions decisions. The Office of the President reviewed each campus's submissions to ensure the new processes and procedures addressed the recommendation.
- Completion Date: March 2021
- Response Date: March 2021
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
This recommendation remains pending because the Office of the President has not established a set of systemwide protocols as we recommended.
Further, the Office of the President provided documentation from each campus to substantiate their completion of this recommendation. Berkeley was the only campus of the nine undergraduate campuses that had adopted policies and procedures which fully address all the elements of this recommendation. The campuses sometimes took divergent approaches from one another, emphasizing the value of a single systemwide approach. For example, several campuses only took steps to prohibit communication between development offices and admissions offices beginning three months prior to an application cycle. In contrast, Berkeley's prohibition was absolute and not restricted to a particular period of time.
We will consider this recommendation fully implemented when the Office of the President formally documents prohibitions against these actions.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
- Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation
60-Day Agency Response
The University president has issued a letter to the campus chancellors to implement this recommendation immediately and provide documentation of follow-through no later than January 15, 2021.
- Estimated Completion Date: March 2021
- Response Date: November 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
The Office of the President provided the letter that the University president issued to campuses. We will consider this recommendation fully implemented when the Office of the President formally documents prohibitions against these actions.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.