Board of Regents change college admittance requirements

Published: Sep. 18, 2019 at 5:47 PM CDT
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The Kansas Board of Regents made it easier for a lot of high school graduates to get into a 4-year university.

“It makes the process a whole lot easier,” said Regents Chair Shane Bangerter.

Regents unanimously approved new standards for students to be considered for college admittance.

“First gen students, they don’t have to fill out a whole history of the courses that they took in high school. They can basically put in a few pieces of data information,” Bangerter explained.

The new rules no longer require college prerequisite courses in high school. Students also no longer need to meet both a GPA and ACT score requirement. Just one or the other.

“One of the things that we found when touring the state in regard to our new strategic plan was this application process was too burdensome,” Bangerter said.

Students who want to attend KU or K-State will need a GPA of 3.25 or better, or an ACT of 21. All other state universities, they would need a minimum 21 ACT or 2.25 GPA.

“There’s ACT, GPA. You can start to gauge how successful people are going to be at university level. We want to get people there, but we also want to make sure that they have the capability with our help to be successful. If you lower them too much you get too many people coming in that find it too difficult to do that work. You’re not doing anybody a favor then,” said Kansas State University President Richard Myers.

Opponents to the change worried it would take away students from tech schools and community colleges.

“Students that are gonna start at the community college probably will continue to start at the community college,” Bangerter contended.

“We depend on transfer students from both those types of institutions that come to K-State at some point. We want to be part of that pathway,” Myers explained.

The vote passed unanimously. The new standards will go into place in four years.

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