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Should Kansas regents schools, including Kansas University, raise admission standards?

Response Percent Votes
59% 249
40% 172
Total 421


KS 2 years, 8 months ago

Not as long as it is a public institution paid for by the taxpayers.


Carol Bowen 2 years, 8 months ago

If a student does not go to college, what will they do? We spend very little effort on vocations after high school. If colleges raise admission standards, we had better start thinking about vocational education. BTW, not all intelligent kids want a college education, and we want kids to learn trades. Nothing wrong with sharp auto mechanic.


gsxr600 2 years, 8 months ago

If you can't get a 2.0 in high school, you don't deserve to be in college. Real talk


edjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The problem I have with selective admissions is that it ends up only being for the wealth or the very intelligent. Need to make sure that everyone is on the same level of the playing field. I once had an idiot Jr. High vocational counselor tell me that I wasn't college material and I needed to look for a trade. I'm glad I didn't listen to him as I have both a Bachelors and a Masters.


cletus26 2 years, 8 months ago

well i be...don't get ridiculous


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 8 months ago

It seems to me that this is coming out of the playbook written by, "Americans For Prosperity", who believe college is for higher income families.

It sounded like they want to apply Darwin theory to their social reforms.


classclown 2 years, 8 months ago

If KU wants higher standards than the other regents schools, it should become a private school. Then it can do whatever it wants. As long as it is funded by the taxes of all Kansans, then it is no better than any other publicly funded school and shall maintain the same standards as the rest of them.


yourworstnightmare 2 years, 8 months ago

KU should raise standards. As long as K State, Pitt State, Emporia State, and Fort Hays State do not, then any Kansas high school graduate can go to a Regent's university. Just not KU.

Raise standards, raise tuition, raise expectations, and raise the reputation and quality of KU.


Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

I expect brownie wilt try to bring back Salem witch burning and the Spanish inquisitions in the next few months.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback is a perfect example of what happens when politics and religion are the main influences on decision making.

We had that period in our history. It was called the Dark Ages.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 8 months ago

It is difficult to trust a politician, especially Brownback, giving advice to a board of politically appointed, supposedly professional educators.

At this point, anything Brownback says has about as much credibility as a Texas Governor talking about economics.

Any recommendations should come from a respected assembly of proven educators with solid credentials and experience along with a comprehensive study not produced by a political lobbying group.

I guess that rules out anything we currently have available here in Kansas.

The one thing that caught my attention in the recent Republican debate was when Newt talked about implemented Sigma 6 quality standards in government. That is a conversation that needs to be continued.

I am sorry that the media did not think it very important at the time. I commend Newt for mentioning it.


Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

"blindrabbit (anonymous) says… Raise (sic) standards [is] a good idea; but Kansas high school students that have graduated from an accredited Kansas high school should be accepted regardless." === Good points, BR. Standards for admission are sufficient for a state-funded school. Nearly all the universities, including those who reject 90% of their applicants, have remedial language and math courses for their students, and not just the athletes who may need them. Admissions is one thing, retention is another. As I recall about 50% of entering freshman are still in the same university after about 3 years. This is a concern, but should it be the colleges' problem if they are enforcing high academic standards? Not sure what the answer is. BTW: In most cases, the student athletes do as well or better as most other students. This is not a problem that will be easily solved, but it's worth serious discussion.


blindrabbit 2 years, 8 months ago

Raise standards a good idea; but Kansas high school students that have graduated from an accredited Kansas high school should be accepted regardless. All Kansans who are taxpayers (and thus the owners of State institutes of higher education) should have the right to at least be given the opportunity to succeed or fail base on their own merit.. It has been proven many times that poor performers at the high school level do much better in a higher educational setting. Also, by setting some arbitrary acceptance standard that disqualifies a Kansas high school graduate, points out that there are serious flaws with what constitutes a successful high school education.


notanota 2 years, 8 months ago

As long as there's still a path to college for students who don't meet the initial standards - even if the path involves a two year stop at a community college - then I don't see raising admission standards as a bad thing. It's far more affordable to find out that you're not college material after two years at a less expensive school.

That said, we still need to concentrate on raising the levels of our k-12 students. That doesn't come cheap, Brownie.


ladykess 2 years, 8 months ago

Has anyone considered that raising addmission standards might actually encourage high school students (and younger maybe) to try harder? I don't think raising a standard is a bad thing - unless you don't like to challenge yourself.


heygary 2 years, 8 months ago

They can't raise admission standards ... they have increased tuition to the point they have to rely on foreigners and those on full ride federal government assistance!


CLARKKENT 2 years, 8 months ago



BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

How can they?

I mean really, how can they with a legislature, a governor and so many conservatives urinating on the public school system.

I mean the colleges right now have to teach the kids what they did not learn in under funded schools.

I am a example. I had the misfortune to go to USD 501 in Topeka. I learned to write in college (never really learned to spell) was published in college history publication, and made the law journal in law school. But, trust me, it was what I learned in college and on my own, not what I learned at any point at 501 (although I did learn to fight in that messed up public school system)


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