- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State University has announced new admissions requirements in an effort to attract more academically talented students.

TSU’s new admission standards would require students to have at least a 2.5 GPA and a score of 19 on the ACT starting in fall 2017, The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/2eCWISm) reported. The school’s previous admissions standards required students to have at least a 2.25 GPA or a 19 ACT score.

TSU president Glenda Glover said the school wants to focus on increasing graduation numbers instead of having large enrollment numbers.

“Our doors will of course remain open to all who want to attend TSU. However, they must meet the new minimum academic standards,” Glover said.

The university also said in a statement that it hopes to increase student retention and state funding.

The university will first need the approval of the Tennessee Board of Regents. TSU officials say the university is in the process of seeking the board’s approval.

Tristan Denley, vice chancellor for academics at the Board of Regents, said the new standards have the potential of turning away hundreds of prospective students.

“What’s always surprising with these things is how important and subtle these kind of changes can be,” Denley said. “We would really want to make sure that the school was really aware of the effects that might be anticipated. Certainly that will be part of that review conversation.”

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com


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