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Via the LA Times: UC faculty voted Wednesday to increase admissions requirements to reduce the number of eligible applicants to UC schools. According to the charter signed in 1960, schools governed by the UC system are intended to draw from the top eighth of high school graduates, which works out to 12.5% of students. Recent data reveals that 14.4% of students meet current eligibility standards.Some of the most prominent changes approved by the vote deal with student grade point averages; the new plan would alter the method used to calculate GPAs and increase the minimum average from 2.8 to 3.1. "Under the proposed changes, UC applicants, starting in fall 2005, would calculate their grade-point average based on all UC-required courses taken in their sophomore and junior years. Most campuses are already doing this, faculty representatives said, but UC's official policy has allowed the figure to be based on the student's eight best grades for those years.

The proposal's most significant change, raising the minimum required GPA to 3.1 on a four-point scale, would be delayed two years, taking effect for students entering UC in the fall of 2007."

The decision will not be finalized until it is voted on by the Board of Regents, which is expected to happen later this month.