Thursday, December 20, 2012

Regulations adopted to implement higher admission standards at KU in 2016

By SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, The Lawrence Journal-World

Higher education officials on Wednesday approved regulations to implement increased admission standards at Kansas University.

KU officials say the standards, which will be implemented in 2016, are aimed at increasing student achievement.

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

• Has an ACT score of at least 21 or SAT score of at least 980.

• Ranks in the top one-third of the high school class.

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

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

• A minimum 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of at least 24 or SAT of at least 1090.

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

Students would also have to apply by Feb. 1 before 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 whether he or she has the potential to succeed academically.