Good job on new KU admission standards
The Kansas City Star
I once knew a kid who basically blew off his entire senior year of high school because he knew he could coast and still be admitted to the University of Kansas. I’m sure he wasn’t the only one.
So cheers to the Kansas Board of Regents, which today approved tighter admission standards proposed by the university.
To automatically qualify, students will need to achieve a GPA of a least 2.5 in the approved pre-college curriculum, along with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and scores of at least 24 in the ACT or 1090 in the SAT, or else a minimum 3.25 GPA and scores of at least 21 in the ACT or 980 in the SAT.
That’s fair enough. The standards don’t require super-high test scores if students do well in the classroom. They also sidestep consideration of class rank, which isn’t a very reliable measure. For students who don’t meet the standards but come close, a committee will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.
The new standards, which will take effect in 2016, are being criticized in some quarters as elitist and exclusionary. But KU’s retention rate is too high and its graduation rate too low. A school does no one any favors by taking tuition money from students unlikely to succeed, and in many cases leaving them strapped with debt and no diploma.
The new standards ought to be welcomed by high schools, too, as they should help ward off the senior slump.