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Kansas Board of Regents approves tougher admission standards for public universities

December 15, 2010, 4:46 p.m. Updated December 15, 2010, 5:55 p.m.

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Richard Bors, a Kansas University student from Chicago, works on a final exam in Wescoe Hall. The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved a tuition increase for all six public universities in Kansas.

Richard Bors, a Kansas University student from Chicago, works on a final exam in Wescoe Hall. The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved a tuition increase for all six public universities in Kansas.

— The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to tougher admission standards for public universities, including Kansas University.

The standards won't go into effect for four years, in an effort to give students entering high school next year time to adjust.

"The underlying piece of all this was to better prepare people for success, not to eliminate anyone," said Regent Chair Gary Sherrer, who headed a task force on the standards. "We want you to be successful, so prepare yourself accordingly," he said.

And, he noted, that any of the regents schools can ask the regents for tougher standards for their institution. "This is to raise the floor," he said.

Currently, to get into KU or any other regent university, a student must either complete a pre-college curriculum, get a 21 or higher on the ACT, or rank in the top third of their graduating high school class.

Under the change, completion of a pre-college curriculum or Kansas Scholars curriculum with at least a 2.0 grade-point average would be required and then either an ACT score of 21 or higher, combined SAT score of 980 or higher on math and critical reading, or rank in the top third in the graduating class.

The pre-college curriculum includes a higher math hurdle than before. It includes three years of math with the requirement that the student meet the ACT college readiness benchmark or take four years of math, including one year during the student's senior year.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the tougher math requirement "will be a major improvement." She said KU was considering tougher admission standards but then yielded to the regents' efforts.

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toe 3 years, 4 months ago

These standards are very low. The affect of more requirements will be an outcry for more funding. The effect will be less funding.

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Uncle_Salty 3 years, 4 months ago

But do you really think that a 92% acceptance rate is not the priority? They want to increase the standards of incoming students, have a high acceptance rate, AND not have them drop out/transfer to other schools!

Add all this to ever increasing tuition rates, and there you'll find the answer!

It's all about the money, baby!

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 4 months ago

KU should petition to raise their standards even higher. Maybe a 2.5 in high school and a 23 on the ACT.

This would go a long way in reducing KU's 92% acceptance rate, which is ridiculously high.

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consumer1 3 years, 4 months ago

This means High Schools should be investigated more closely for inproprieties in fluffing test scores for atheletes headed for scholarships. You, know, the ones that can't read but are superstars.

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Uncle_Salty 3 years, 4 months ago

Um... that would the four credits... OF MATH!

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Uncle_Salty 3 years, 4 months ago

Once again, public education bears the brunt, without benefit of funding or financial recompense from the Regent Universities, of EXCLUSIVELY preparing students for admission into the Regent Schools! Bear with me on this one, as most of you didn't have the four high school credits that the new "qualified admissions" will call for.

When Qualified Admissions first appeared on the stage in the late 90's, the 6 year graduation rate at universities in Kansas was in the 40% range (students graduating within 6 years of Freshman enrollment). Now, after nearly 15 years of this standard, admissions have gone up, but this same rate is in the mid 50%. This does NOT take into effect students that transfer FROM one university to another and graduate. Nor does it take into effect students that transfer from other schools and do graduate. Not sure that the Regents new standards can take credit for this, but let us assume that this is the cause.

But what, exactly, is the purpose of public school? To prepare students for admission into regent universities? Or is the task broader than this. Is it to give the students a cross curricular survey of education AND other educational options? Such as music, vocational classes, arts, and business classes? By adding the additional math credit, two things will certainly happen, and neither will benefit anybody: 1. Enrollment in any electives will go down by one credit. 2. Math classes will be dumbed down to stretch that fourth math credit into the curriculum.

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TJ_in_Lawrence 3 years, 4 months ago

Funny an earlier post suggested that he/she could already meet the standards to be admitted to KU but the poster obviously doesn't know the correct use of to and too. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad.

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Sigmund 3 years, 4 months ago

Has anyone considered that higher admission standards for KU mean lower enrollment and thus decreased budget for KU? Sure KU can raise tuition to minimize that loss, but a decrease in students and higher tuition means lower economic activity in Lawrence including lower retail sales and lower sales tax revenues?

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konzahawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I am VERY disappointed that KU did not take this opportunity to further distance itself from the other regent universities. What happened to the proposed standards that were recommended for KU? The recommendation was for at least a 3.0 GPA in a pre-college curriculum, at least a 25 on the ACT and an essay for scholarship purposes. These standards would have greatly increased KU's academic profile while increasing retention and graduation rates. Instead, we plummet further into mediocrity. It is disgusting that any idiot that can sign his or her name can get in to KU and then flunk out after one semester.

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tanaumaga 3 years, 4 months ago

how stoned is the guy on the left?

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VTHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

This is certainly overdue. To many kids wind up at KU/KSU/WSU and the other regents schools that have no business being in college. While a college degree is a good thing to have, students going into debt and coming out with no degree (like HALF of admits) or with a useless degree are actually at a substantial disadvantage. Hopefully KU can start inching its way to better rankings.

As an aside: just to show how low the admission standards were, I can already completed the minimum SAT score when I took the SAT in 7th grade! Students with a below-average SAT or ACT score have no business automatically being accepted to a first- or second-tier university. If certain students are later admitted based on other qualifications, that is another matter. Those that meet none of the three current requirements have no business in college at any level.

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getreal 3 years, 4 months ago

We decrease funding for K-12, increase our class sizes, eliminate counselors, courses, etc. and then we tell schools please do more with less. Yet, Brownback has added a government position in the office of the REPEALER, because they need MORE people to do LESS for Kansans. Koch Industries tells us that we must now be rich to send our kids to college. Anyone who was looking to locate a company here with high paying jobs has just been given the green light to look elsewhere! The votes of November 2010 are going to come home to roost sooner than we think.

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Edward Coan 3 years, 4 months ago

"A 2.0 GPA. In high school. Seriously? You can get that just by showing up."

Reread the article. 2.0 was not for any graduate. Only those with a pre-college curriculum and better math skills which could include calculus. If the requirements they are putting in place were enforced when I was in high school, I never would have gone to college. But I did get admitted and graduated and went on for my master's.

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voevoda 3 years, 4 months ago

I think that there should be a place for higher education for every high school graduate who wants to study. But that doesn't mean that every high school graduate should be able to go to any institution he/she chooses. Trade schools may be the best choice for some. For those who want to test their abilities in academic courses, community colleges are the best choice for students who struggled in high school. Those students who have proven their academic abilities, whether in high school or in community colleges, should then be eligible for admission to four-year institutions. But even then, they shouldn't be guaranteed admission to any institution they choose. Of course, it's important to keep the cost of higher education affordable, even for those individuals coming from modest economic backgrounds and non-traditional students who are self-supporting. I am very disquieted by the incoming state budget director's idea that college is for the affluent, and it should become more expensive. If we want to maximize students' opportunities to learn, we can't set the tuition bar too high.

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Vinny1 3 years, 4 months ago

The requirements now a complete joke.

The new requirements are still a complete joke.

A 2.0 GPA. In high school. Seriously? You can get that just by showing up.

A 21 on the ACT? That is not hard to do....at all. Really...anything less than that and you probably shouldn't even be going to a four-year college.

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consumer1 3 years, 4 months ago

I would also expect the quality of public school education to improve dramatically and require some checks and balances instead of just blindly continue to fund schools without a some sort of proof that children are getting educated. Please don't quote the NEA. They are as crooked as politicians. They are in the verification business for the money!!

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consumer1 3 years, 4 months ago

Poor people of caucasion background will suffer because of this.

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