UAF plans to tighten admission standards

Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2006

FAIRBANKS - Starting in 2008, students will find it tougher to get into baccalaureate programs offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Admission standards will be tighter, funneling applicants deemed less prepared for college into a pre-major program.

Under current standards, baccalaureate applicants must have a high school diploma. They must have completed the 16-credit high school core curriculum, including four credits of English, and three credits each of college-preparatory math, social sciences, and natural or physical sciences, with a grade point average of at least 2.5 in those classes.

They must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0. Also, they must submit test results from either the ACT or SAT to determine placement in math and English classes.

Under the standards starting in 2008, applicants will need to have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0. Or they may have a GPA of 2.5 and an ACT score of at least 18 or an SAT score of at least 1290.

"Our goal is to improve baccalaureate success," said Assistant Provost Dana Thomas, in charge of implementing the changes.

Only 26 percent of first-time, full-time UAF freshmen admitted to a baccalaureate program graduate within six years under the current standards. Only 6 percent of freshmen entering a baccalaureate program with a high school grade point average below 3.0 or who have ACT scores of 18 or lower graduate within six years.

Officials hope the stricter standards will result in more students who start a baccalaureate degree actually completing it.

Students falling short of the requirements will be allowed to enroll in an associate degree or certificate program, or in pre-major status. It will be a probationary period that could lead to full baccalaureate status.

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