Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UMass Predicts Enrollment Decline Due to New Admissions Standards

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UMass Predicts Enrollment Decline Due to New Admissions Standards

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AMHERST, Mass. - Tougher entrance standards are shaping a smaller, but better, corps of incoming students at the chief campus of the University of Massachusetts, school officials say, pointing to an estimated 7 percent drop in enrollment.

"We are no longer the safety school that people have often considered us to be," said Arlene Cash, admissions director.

But some others suggest that the university may be turning its back on the neediest constituents that it has traditionally served. "This is the state university, and it's the university of last resort for some people," said Diane Flaherty, an economics professor who acknowledges that better students and smaller class sizes are desirable. Nonetheless, she believes that the campus could accomplish those goals through other means - including stronger remedial programs and more professors.

Under the new standards, the freshman class in Amherst is expected to drop to 3,700, from last year's 3,985, according to campus spokesman Patrick J. Callahan. The numbers are based on accepted applicants who say they plan to attend. That slide is even more dramatic against the backdrop of a 2 percent rise in the number of applications, to 18,000. …

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