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

College admissions policies are receiving renewed attention amid numerous developments in California and nationally. Join PACE and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education at an event offering a fresh look at the research on college admissions and the implications for California.

Date: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: 
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Booth Auditorium, 175 Boalt Hall (2770 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)
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Event Agenda and Materials

Join PACE and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education for a special event on November 22, 2019: Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions.

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.

Speakers list:

  • Michael Brown, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California
  • Prudence Carter, Dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Sally Chen, Economic Justice Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley
  • Eddie Comeaux, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, UC Riverside
  • Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
  • Marcella Cuellar, Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Education
  • 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
  • Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences
  • Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley
  • Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University
  • Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Joel Vargas, Vice President, JFF
  • Mark Wilson, Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Alison Wrynn, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs, Innovations and Faculty Development, California State University

Agenda and Event Materials:

Time Agenda Event Materials
10:00 - 10:05 Welcome
  • Heather Hough, Executive Director, PACE
  • Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley
 
10:05 - 10:20 California’s Vision for College and Career Readiness
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education; President & co-founder, Learning Policy Institute
10:20 - 11:00 College Readiness, Access & Success: Perspectives on Alignment in K-12 and Higher Education
  • Michal Kurlaender (moderator), Professor, UC Davis School of Education; Faculty Director, PACE
  • Michael Kirst, former president, California State Board of Education
  • Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Joel Vargas, Vice President, Jobs for the Future
11:00 - 12:00 New Research on Equity in College Admissions
  • Marcela Cuellar (moderator), Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Education
  • Saul Geiser, Senior Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley
  • Nathan Kuncel, Professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley
  • Jessica Howell, Vice President of Research, College Board
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch  
12:45 - 1:45 Increasing Equity in College Access and Success: Perspectives from Leaders of California’s Educational Institutions
  • Prudence Carter (moderator), Dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley
  • Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
  • Michael Brown, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California
  • Allison Wyrnn, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs, Innovations and Faculty Development, California State University
 
1:45 - 2:00 Break  
2:00 - 3:00 Looking Ahead: California’s Goals and Innovative Approaches to Achieve Them
  • Eddie Comeaux (moderator) Associate Professor, UC Riverside
  • Christopher Edley, Jr., Professor, UC Berkeley Law School; Faculty Director, PACE
  • Joseph Soares, Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Cecilia Rios Aguilar, professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences; Faculty Director, PACE
  • Mark Wilson, Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Sally Chen, Economic Justice Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action
3:00 - 3:45 Reflections on California in the National Context
  • Nicholas Lemann, author of The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy; professor and former dean, Columbia School of Journalism

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