Senate Bill No.: 0304-14

UNIVERSITY SENATE

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK


Introduced by: Undergraduate Academic Council

Date: March 1, 2004


REVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS POLICIES


IT IS HEREBY PROPOSED THAT THE FOLLOWING BE ADOPTED:


1. That the attached policies related to the admission of freshmen, transfer students, and international students be adopted to replace the existing admissions policies, effective immediately for the Summer and Fall 2004 incoming classes.

2. That these policies be forwarded to the President for approval.


Rationale:

The undergraduate admissions policies have been in place since the 1970s and early 1980s. A number of changes to the University and the institution have taken place since then: a vastly more competitive environment within which we recruit and attract students, reforms and revisions to high school curricula, broader geographic base from which we draw new students (including out of state students), a larger percentage of transfer students, significant changes to the process for the establishment of enrollment goals and for the resulting funding of institutions within SUNY, and finally, the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regulating the use of race as a factor in admissions decisions.

The attached policies, in their totality, respond to all of these changes and attempt to bring the University at Albany’s admissions policies into line with the policies of peers and aspirational peers, including the University of Michigan and others.

The policies regarding freshman admission are proposed to replace current policies on Admission as a Freshman, Special Talent Admission Program, and Minority Student Admission Program.

Policies regarding Admission as a Transfer Student are proposed to be an addition to current policies regarding transfer credit.

Policies regarding Admission as an International Student are proposed to replace current policy on Admission as an International Student.

Policies involving the role of governance in these procedures have also been created.