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.
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.