UC Riverside Chancellor Speaks at North High School

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox’s visit is part of a UC-wide program designed to encourage students to go to college

UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox visited North High School on Nov. 7, 2016. His visit was part of the Achieve UC program, which highlights the value of a college education and reminds students the affordability and accessibility of a UC. carrie rosema

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox visited Riverside’s North High School on Monday, Nov. 7 as part of the annual system-wide Achieve UC program.

“Being located so close to UCR, J.W. North High School is part of our extended campus community,” Wilcox said. “I am looking forward to visiting with the students, teachers and staff and delivering the message that a UC education is within reach.”

Now in its fifth year, the program targets schools with lower than average college-going rates, to encourage students to pursue higher education. Achieve-UC is an effort UC President Janet Napolitano launched to expand the number and diversity of California students enrolled at UC’s nine undergraduate campuses. In all, UC representatives will visit 100 schools, community groups and other outreach events this fall to provide students with practical information and resources to help them prepare for and apply to UC.

Chancellors from each University of California campus will visit high schools in their areas that are in a historically under-resourced community and have lower-than-average college-going rates. Their message will be that a UC degree is both attainable and affordable.

A team of UCR administrators joined Chancellor Kim Wilcox at the annual Achieve UC program at North High School in Riverside on Nov. 7, 2016. carrie rosema

A team of UCR administrators joined Chancellor Kim Wilcox at the annual Achieve UC program at North High School in Riverside on Nov. 7, 2016.
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On Nov. 7, a team of UCR administrators joined Wilcox at North High School. Among them was Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs James Sandoval, and Alex Ruiz, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Students had the opportunity to meet with advisors who helped them assess their preparation for college and learn about scholarships designed to make college affordable to all Californians, including the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which covers the full cost of tuition for students whose families earn $80,000 a year or less.

“Achieve UC helps show high school students that we are serious about them going to college. We can reach them at a critical point in their educational career and let them know that attending college is not a dream, it is an attainable goal,” Wilcox said.

The UC system has made it a top priority to enroll more California students at all nine undergraduate campuses and to ensure that UC students, faculty, and staff reflect the diversity of the state itself. As a result, UC’s fall 2016 incoming class is the largest and most diverse class ever admitted – the number of California freshmen from historically underrepresented groups grew to 38 percent compared to 35 percent the year before.

Alex Ruiz, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, speaks with North High School Students on Nov. 7, 2016. carrie rosema

Alex Ruiz, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, speaks with North High School Students on Nov. 7, 2016.
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