Topeka The Kansas Board of Regents today voted to start requiring most new state university students to take a standardized college entrance exam beginning in the fall of 1994.
Students at Kansas University and the five other regents' universities will have to submit a score from the American College Test or Scholastic Aptitude Test to remain in school beyond one semester.
Regents approved the ACT-SAT policy in April, but didn't set an implementation date. The fall 1994 start-up was approved on a voice vote, with the newest regent, Dr. John Hiebert of Lawrence, endorsing the action.
David Shulenburger, KU's vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the board's testing policy wouldn't have much effect on KU students. A similar requirement has been in place at KU for several years, he said.
"It will affect other regents universities," he said. "What we're trying to do is get (KU) students to take one of the exams before the first semester starts."
The board's standardized testing policy applies to students under 21 years of age and students involved in intercollegiate athletics.
However, test results won't be required of students older than 21 or of transfer students who complete 24 credit hours of college-level work or at least finish two semesters of college English and math.
Shulenburger said the regents' policy was designed to improve academic advising by giving universities a better understanding of the math and English skill of new students.
Robert Glennen, president of Emporia State University, said he was concerned about who would be responsible for monitoring the testing requirement.
"I don't want to see campuses getting overburdened with paperwork," he said.
James Coffman, provost at Kansas State University, said regents made no provision for assessing how the ACT-SAT mandate was introduced at each of the universities.
In other business today, regents:
-- Granted tenure to eight new faculty on KU's Lawrence campus and one faculty member at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Tenure is a type of job protection designed to preserve academic freedom.
-- Received a request to permit KU Chancellor Gene Budig and the five university presidents to interview the finalists to replace Stanley Koplik as the Board of Regents' executive director. Koplik is taking a similar post in Massachusetts.