I never even heard of this until a few days ago. Basically, it's a recommended guideline for students to graduate on time. Since I'm a History major, I naturally don't need to take that many units since my major is short to begin with. As a result, even after adding a minor, I will graduate with just a bit over 180 units.
However, according to ECP, my UC units were considered short since it doesn't include my AP/high school units I transferred in. Without my AP units, I would be short of the 180 unit goal considering I had only planned on taking 3 classes next quarter. So what does UCLA do? They place a hold on my account without ever notifying me. I was on hold for about a week. I couldn't go to the gym and I couldn't even use my Bruincard. I couldn't even enroll in class. Luckily, I found out about it just a day before my enrollment (otherwise I would have been screwed). BTW, I didn't know I was on hold because I never checked my URSA and I thought something was just wrong with my Bruincard.
So I set up an appointment with an academic counselor and guess what he says? "Oh, ECP is just a recommended guideline. AP credit isn't factored in to ECP, but it is factored in to your overall completion of your degree. So even though your UC units are short according to the UC guidelines, it's fine because you have enough AP units to bump you up to at least 180 units by the end of next quarter."
In conclusion: nothing was wrong this whole time and UCLA decided to **** me and add 12 hours of unnecessary stress to my life by holding my account, telling me I will need to stay another quarter at UCLA, forcing me to file a FAFSA asap, visiting the financial aid office to ask if 5th years get financial aid, and calling my mom notifying her I wasn't graduating in spring.
God I hate UCLA so much (okay I don't hate UCLA, but I hate the administration). Has anyone had a scare like this before?