UC Regents approve plan to add 10,000 California undergrads

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The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday approved a plan to increase the number of California undergraduates in the system.

A spokesperson for the UC president's office confirmed to KPCC that a vote taken by the Regents was final.

The school is aiming to increase the number of UC undergraduates by 10,000 over the next three years, including 5,000 freshmen and transfer students in the 2016-17 school year, according to a statement from the president's office. An additional 2,500 would be added each of the following two school years.

The plan, proposed by UC President Janet Napolitano, was approved by the UC finance committee as part of the UC system's proposed 2016-17 budget, according to the statement.

The plan would also increase access for Californians and "maintain the excellence of what is commonly considered to be the best research university in the world," Napolitano said in the statement.

All nine UC campuses will have more California residents as students. The state is allocating $25 million to make that possible, with an additional $25 million provided by the UC. The school is also asking for an extra $6 million from the state to allow 600 more graduate students to be enrolled in the 2016-17 school year and to increase graduate school enrollment for the following two years.

Increased graduate enrollment is a key part of the overall plan, because grad students will be needed to support faculty both when it comes to teaching undergrads and helping with research, according to the statement.

This story has been updated. It originally ran on Thursday, November 19, 2015.