UC President Robert C. Dynes visited Saddleback High School in Santa Ana June 8, along with representatives of UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships, to hear from students, parents and teachers about the benefits of academic preparation programs. Dynes later urged support for funding such programs, which was cut from the 2007-08 state budget. In 1996, UC Irvine was the first UC campus to set up a Center for Educational Partnerships in response the regents’ call for strategies that would recruit and empower disadvantaged students. Pictured: Dynes, right, with Saddleback High School student Juan Flores.