After two months of debate and two public hearings, the Nevada Board of Regents took action last month to increase admissions standards at the state's two public universities.
According to the revised policy, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno will increase their minimum grade-point average requirement for incoming freshmen from 2.5 to 2.75 starting in fall 2006. The GPA will increase once again to 3.0 by fall 2010.
"After much time and discussion with the public, as well as with the students and faculty of our institutions, we are confident that the increased standards approved today will improve the quality of higher education in Nevada, and ultimately help us retain more students," says Thalia Dondero, chair of the Board of Regents.
The revised proposal brought to the board last month also called for weighted GPAs to be used when calculating the students' GPA. A weighted GPA will only include classes within the core curriculum, not electives.
Additionally, by fall 2006, the percentage of students admitted by alternate criteria will increase from 6 percent to 10 percent. …