- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A report for the Kansas Board of Regents says a total of 815 students who don’t meet minimum admission requirements are enrolled in the state’s universities.

The Annual Report on Qualified Admission says the exceptions to the standards made up between a fraction of 1 percent and up to 7 percent of each university’s 2014-2015 in-state freshman class. The exceptions comprised between 1 percent and 10 percent of universities’ out-of-state freshmen admissions.

The Regents have approved forwarding the annual report on admissions has been forwarded to the Kansas Legislature. The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1JouV3b ) Wichita State had the lowest percentage of exceptions, with two-tenths of a percent of in-state freshmen and 1 percent of out-of-state freshman.

Fort Hays State University had the highest rate, with 6.9 percent of in-state freshmen and 9.7 percent of out-of-state freshmen.

Gary Alexander, the Regents vice president of academic affairs, said the law allows such exceptions to automatic admissions standards to make up as much as 10 percent of each school’s admitted freshman class.

Alexander said that the percentage numbers of reported exceptions are very low.

Prior to 2001, anyone who graduated from an accredited Kansas high school was guaranteed admission to Kansas universities. Automatic admission standards were raised, requiring students to score at least 21 on the ACT, graduate in the top third of their class or complete specific pre-college curriculum with a GPA of 2.0.

Students who are admitted as exceptions are supposed to have “individual success plans.”

New automatic admission standards went into effect for freshman at five state schools this year. Now, all in-state freshmen must complete an approved curriculum with a 2.0 GPA and score at least 21 on the ACT (980 on the SAT), or graduate in the top third of their class.

Some Regents expressed concern on Wednesday about the possible negative effects of tougher automatic admission standards.

Regent Ann Brandau-Murguia said the she’s worried that tougher requirements might deter some of the demographics that universities need to attract like minorities or economically disadvantaged students, even with room admissions exceptions.

Alexander said the new standards really should not have that much of an effect on attracting students.

“We’re tasked to monitor the impact of these requirements and be able to answer your question with some real data,” he said.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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