Albert Carnesale was inaugurated as chancellor of UCLA in May 1998, becoming the eighth chief executive in the university's 82- year history.
With more than 35,000 students, 4,000 faculty members, 16,000 employees and an annual operating budget exceeding $2.3 billion, UCLA educates and employs more people than any other college or university in California.
Before assuming the helm of UCLA, Carnesale was at Harvard University for 23 years, serving in numerous capacities first as a professor, then as academic dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and then as provost of Harvard University.
Aside from his lifelong involvement with academia, Carnesale consults widely in both the public and private sectors on foreign and defense policy issues and has acted as a nuclear arms consultant for the administrations of every sitting president since Richard M. Nixon.
Carnesale is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
He also serves on the boards of Teradyne Corp. and Mellon Financial Services West Coast.
Question: UC President Richard Atkinson has caused quite a ruckus with his proposal to eliminate the SAT I exam as a requirement for admission to the UC system. How would that affect the UCLA admission process?
Answer: Rather than trying to assess "aptitude" for college-level work, which is the goal of the SAT I, President Atkinson would rely more heavily on standardized "achievement" tests, such as the SAT II, that assess mastery of specific subject areas. Just over half of the entering freshmen class is selected solely on the basis of academic factors, such as high school grade point averages, SAT I and SAT II exams. Applicants not selected on academic criteria alone receive an even more comprehensive review, which takes into account factors such as honors and awards received, leadership, extracurricular activities, special talents, overcoming life challenges and an essay. Under President Atkinson's proposal, the SAT I would no longer be included among the many factors considered in that evaluation.
Q: Last year, UCLA raised nearly $330 million from private sources, mostly from the Los Angeles community. That's 7 percent of the university's budget. What is UCLA doing to increase that figure?
A: Campaign UCLA seeks to raise $1.6 billion in private funds in five years (ending June 30, 2002) for support of academic programs. More than $1.3 billion has been raised so far, but we still need additional support for core needs, such as building and upgrading state-of-the-art facilities for the humanities, arts and social sciences and supporting graduate education and undergraduate instruction. Constructing and equipping a 21st-century health sciences center and increasing our general endowment are also priorities.
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