Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Regents give green light to KU for tougher admission standards

June 20, 2012


— The Kansas Board of Regents today gave Kansas University permission to go ahead with the process of putting in place tougher admission standards.

"We have an aspiration to increase the graduation rate. We have an aspiration to increase the retention rate," said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

But Gray-Little said the school wasn't trying to discourage applicants to the school. "I want every student who can come to KU and have a good experience, to be at KU," she said.

The board voted 8-1 to approve KU's request. If new regulations supporting the request are approved by December, then KU will start using the new standards in August 2016.

Currently, admission criteria are the same for all six regents universities. A Kansas high school graduate can be admitted if he or she:

— Has an ACT score of at least 21 or SAT score of at least 980, or

— Ranks in the top one-third of the high school class, or

— Has a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Precollege Admissions curriculum.

Under the proposed standards, to be automatically admitted to KU, graduating high school students would have to complete the pre-college curriculum along with one of the following:

— A minimum 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of at least 24 or 1090 SAT, or

— A minimum 3.25 GPA and an ACT score of 21 or 980 SAT.

Students would also have to apply by Feb. 1 prior to their freshman year at KU to be considered for automatic application.

Students who don't meet the criteria will have their applications reviewed by a committee that will look at numerous considerations, including whether the applying student would be a first generation college student, or is the child or grandchild of KU graduates, and has the potential to succeed academically.


toe 5 years, 10 months ago

Pretty weak requirements, but I guess it is an improvement.

KansasLiberal 5 years, 10 months ago

If you think that those requirements are weak, just wait until you see what they do to the KU football program and men's basketball program.

Phillbert 5 years, 10 months ago

Guess you missed this:

KU men’s basketball team records 6th straight perfect APR score

always_correct 5 years, 10 months ago

these requirements only pertain to automatic admittance for Kansas high school graduates. Not really going to have an effect on sports programs... 1) if you don't get in automatically, you can still be admitted with general applications; 2) there aren't that many star athletes on our sports teams coming out of Kansas high schools.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 10 months ago

This is a good start to improving the quality and retention of students at KU.

Who was the one "no" vote?

LJD230 5 years, 10 months ago

BGL may well do what her predecessor could not: vault KU into the top 25 public universities.

The biggest challenge is improving the reputations of the postgraduate professional schools: law, business and medicine.

Miles Nease 5 years, 10 months ago

These aren't real tough requirements. However, it is a start.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I wonder what percentage of the current student body fail to meet these standards.

thinkinganalytically 5 years, 10 months ago


Do you know what percentage of KU undergraduates are taught by graduate students? Could you let us now about the class size? Without that sort if information, we really can't take this comment seriously.

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