Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Regents OK Louisiana's Minimum Admissions Requirements

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Regents OK Louisiana's Minimum Admissions Requirements

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BATON ROUGE, LA.

The first statewide plan to set minimum admissions requirements for students entering Louisiana's four-year state colleges won final approval last month from the Board of Regents.

To be accepted to a four-year college, high school graduates would have to pass the same college preparatory curriculum required for TOPS, the state's major scholarship program (see Black Issues, March 29).

In addition, a student would have to meet either a specified grade average, a set score on the ACT college readiness test or "an appropriate rank" in their high school graduating class.

"This is not a plan designed to lock students out of the system," says Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie. "Instead, a concerted effort is being made to set clear expectations early on and to ensure students have the resources to meet their full potential."

The minimum college admission standards, which go into effect in the fall of 2005, are different for each type of college. Universities would have a 15 percent exception to those standards to attract students based on race and students "of institutional interest," such as athletes. …

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