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Southern not raising admission standards

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Posted: Jan 13, 2011 5:26 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jan 13, 2011 5:26 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University, Baton Rouge, Ronald Mason, Jr., enrollment, GPA

BATON ROUGE - Southern University President Ronald Mason Jr. stated at today's Faculty Senate meeting that the school is not lowering admission standards, they're delaying higher ones from taking effect.

The school's minimum grade point average was set to increase this year from 2.0 to 2.5 to enroll, but Mason changed his mind after consulting with faculty.

"I think it was in conversations with faculty that the administration determined that was not the right thing to do," Mason said.

Mason said this is only the plan for now, and did not say when enrollment standards might increase again.

Mass communications professor Marilyn Goff believes standards should be increased continually. She saw a huge increase in the capability of her students after the first increase went into effect.

"They understand what they are reading, they could write sentences that were grammatically correct," Goff said. That is in stark contrast to students she had in the past, Goff said.

Students are split about the increase. Some think standards are fine, but others hope they're increased soon.

"If the stakes are high, once we leave, we gonna feel very proud that we accomplished something, rather than we go to something that we know we can just walk right in," William Tucker said.

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