Report 2019-113 Recommendation 10 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 #10 To: University of California
To better safeguard the integrity of the university's admissions processes, the Office of the President should, by July 2021, begin conducting regular audits of the admissions processes at each of its undergraduate campuses, ensuring that it reviews each campus at least once every three years. These audits should be conducted by systemwide audit staff and include, but not be limited to, verification of special talents, communication between admissions staff and external parties regarding applicants, and other avenues for inappropriate influence on admissions discussed in this report. The audits should also endeavor to identify inappropriate admissions activity and deficiencies in the admissions process. The Office of the President should make the results of the audits public.
6-Month Agency Response
The University recognizes admissions as an area of ongoing potential risk and is committed to conducting regular audits of campus admissions processes. In response to one of its own recommendations from the systemwide internal audit of admissions, in fiscal year 2020-21, UC Internal Audit initiated retrospective reviews of donations to all nine undergraduate campuses to identify admissions decisions that could have been influenced by these donations. Those reviews are currently in progress. Internal Audit is currently evaluating the scope and approach of admissions audits to be conducted in fiscal year 2021-22.
- Estimated Completion Date: June 2022
- Response Date: March 2021
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
As the Office of the President indicates, it has not yet completed this recommendation and is still assessing the scope and approach to admissions audits. To that end, we assess this recommendation as pending implementation.
To add clarity to the Office of the President's response: the documentation the Office of the President submitted shows that the retrospective reviews of donations and the potential for influence on admissions decisions are reviews being performed by the campuses' internal audit units. This is the same approach the University used to perform its initial review of admissions processes, which we found had resulted in deficient reviews. As it considers its approach to the admissions audits of the future, the Office of the President must ensure that it performs independent reviews of the campuses' admissions processes.
60-Day Agency Response
The Office of the President is currently evaluating the implementation of this recommendation.
- Estimated Completion Date: To be determined
- Response Date: November 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.