Thu 15 Jul, 2004 08:30 am
Maybe some of our members from CA can explain a little more about this issue:
Complete CNN story
University of California may toughen admissions standards
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Posted: 1:20 PM EDT (1720 GMT)
BERKELEY, California (AP) -- Too many students are qualifying to get into the University of California, prompting officials of the prestigious system to consider raising standards.
Faculty members are recommending several ways to tighten eligibility requirements, including raising the minimum grade point average from 2.8 to 3.1.
The changes will be discussed by the university system's governing board of regents in San Francisco on Wednesday.
So my question here is what is the big deal about the number of students meeting admission standards? Is the U of CA required to accept every single person that meets standards or something? Don't they have a process to decide who from the qualifying pool they will actually accept as students?
fishin'- I think that if there is too large a pool of qualifying students, it then comes down to "eeny-meeny-miny-mo". By raising the GPA for qualification, you not only shrink the pool of "possibles", but you raise the achievement level of the students that you do accept.