President Richard Atkinson Graduates from UC

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Richard Atkinson became President of the University of California in 1995. The former chancellor of UC San Diego initiated major change in the basic college entrance exam that-s used all over the country, and implemented a ban on affirmative action-even though he disagreed. During Atkinson-s eight-year tenure, UC has grown to 190,000 students with a budget of $13 billion. The ground has just been broken for a tenth campus at Merced. Now, at age 73, after nearly a decade of controversy over admissions, affirmative action and money, the head of the nation-s most prestigious public school system is retiring. We ask him about the about the value of a college degree in a sagging economy, and the best-and worst-moments of a very difficult job.
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