- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Latino civil rights groups are criticizing New Mexico State and University of New Mexico proposals seeking to increase admission standards.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and NM LULAC said Friday plans by the two schools could affect the Hispanic student enrollment in the state and they vowed to fight any proposed changes.

The New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents is scheduled next week to vote on a plan that would raise the minimum GPA from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016.

Meanwhile, the University of New Mexico is expected to revisit a similar proposal that in the past has drawn fire for civil rights advocates.

School officials say the changes are aimed at improving graduation rates and the colleges’ images outside of New Mexico.

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