So I'm somewhat dismayed to read that the University of California system is considering lowering its standards.
Now, the UC president and regents are weighing changes to the admissions process that include dropping the SAT subject tests, loosening course requirements, and lowering the minimum grade point average.
If the SAT subject tests don't demonstrate academic ability or promise, get rid of them. If course requirements don't directly relate to success in the course, but instead serve as some sort of artificial buffer, then get rid of them. If GPA doesn't correlate to academic success in college, don't consider it.
I'm forced to wonder, though, why schools would want to lower admissions requirements when already, too many of our college and university students need remedial math and English courses.
I also have concerns about this point:
Students who meet admission criteria now and are deemed to be in the top 12.5 percent of high school students are guaranteed admission to at least one UC campus – usually less-competitive UC Riverside or UC Merced.
That guarantee has been in place since 1960.
The plan endorsed by Rashid and other faculty members would limit the guarantee to only the top 9 percent of students.
Finally, it would make all students who meet the minimum UC criteria "entitled to review" – an assurance that admissions officials would look at more than just their grades and test scores, Rashid said.
In other words, UC would be creating a program that would exclude some higher-qualified students in favor of lesser-qualified (specifically lower-income and minority) students. This sounds to me like it might be an attempt to circumvent Proposition 209 and create another affirmative action program.
I have a solution for this point, brought up in the first article linked above:
"Many thousands of high-achieving students are failing because of a trifling variance from the eligibility policy – they didn't take a subject test or missed a (required) course," he said.
That's why California has so many community colleges.