The University of California regents have approved a plan to dramatically alter the way the UC system decides which students are offered undergraduate admission.
The new rules approved by a committee of UC regents Wednesday will lower the number of high school seniors guaranteed admission but expand the number of students whose applications will be considered by admissions officers.
The full board is expected to vote on the plan on Thursday.
UC officials say the changes will likely increase student diversity at UC campuses when the policy takes effect for the fall 2012 entering class.
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Under the new rules, the top 10 percent of the state's high school graduates would be guaranteed admission, compared with the top 12.5 percent now.