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Project excel

Project Excel is a new initiative led by university faculty and community members, seeks to increase the number of African American, American Indian, and other underrepresented students in Santa Barbara and Goleta K-12 schools who are academically prepared for enrollment at UC Santa Barbara and other colleges and universities.

Consider these startling statistics...


For the past decade, the UCSB student body has been comprised of roughly 3% African Americans and just 1% American Indians. Worse, less than one thousand African American high school students in the entire state of California are eligible for admission at any of the ten University of California campuses. Recent coverage of Hurrican Katrina reminds us of the immediate and long-term tragedies that ensue when we do not provide equal access and incentive to higher education for all Americans. The look in any disenfranchised student's eye says the same thing.