UC Audit Prompted by Scandal Finds Flaws With Admissions Process for Athletes, Artists

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Students study on the UCLA campus in this undated photo. (Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Students study on the UCLA campus in this undated photo. (Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

The University of California has found significant problems in how campuses track decisions to admit athletes, artists and students who do not meet minimum UC eligibility requirements, according to a review released Friday.

The sweeping audit of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses, triggered by the national college admissions scandal, found two cases of possible impropriety. One involves a student admitted as a recruited athlete who did not subsequently appear on the team roster. The other involves how one campus administers its appeals process for admissions decisions. Auditors referred both cases to the individual campuses for investigation, did not identify the universities in the report and did not provide additional details.

UC President Janet Napolitano told The Times she ordered the review as a proactive step to ensure the integrity of the nation’s leading public research university so that “California can have confidence that students admitted to the University of California are admitted on merit and so that we can bolster our defenses against any kind of fraudulent activity or gaming the system.

“Any student admitted through fraud is one too many,” she said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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