The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced on Thursday that all academic courses will be open to everyone, regardless of a person’s academic background.
The announcement comes as the university seeks to build a community that is more inclusive of its students.
The announcement comes after the University of Maryland announced earlier this week that all of its academic programs would be open on a sliding scale to anyone with a valid academic standing.
According to a news release, the move by the university will open up the academic programs at the university to students from the following groups: students who have been accepted to any UAB undergraduate program, graduate students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at UAB, students who will be attending UAB for the first time after graduation, students in residence programs, and students who do not currently have an academic program at UAH.
University President Doug Swayne said the new policy is designed to provide an environment in which students who want to pursue a career in higher education are able to do so.
“We recognize that the vast majority of our students do not have the same opportunities as our community-based, academic-based students and the diversity of our student body and the students we are teaching are unique and worthy of our leadership,” Swayne told The Associated Press.
“In an effort to better serve all students, we will continue to seek to make this a place where every student is able to pursue his or her education.”
The university also announced that students who had previously applied for admission to a UAB-affiliated academic program will be able to apply for admission in the same manner.
Swayne said that if an applicant’s academic credentials are strong, he or she will be admitted.
But, in the case of a qualified student who has not had a program in a UAH-affiliated program, he said that the student will be evaluated for academic merit.
UAB’s academic program is known as the University Academic Foundation.
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a UA program, earned a master’s degree or have a bachelor of arts degree will be eligible to take courses at the UAB Academic Foundation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
All UAB undergraduates who earn their bachelor’s degrees from a state university, UAB or a state college will be enrolled in the UAH academic program, according to the news release.