Officials at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, recently announced controversial admission policies intended to improve the college's poor graduation rates, reports Inside Higher Ed. The new measures will likely result in lower admission rates at the university.
The news source reports that approximately 5 percent of students currently studying at the university would not have been admitted under the new admissions factors. Critics of the proposals say that students from lower-income families and ethnic minorities could be excluded from the university based on the planned measures.
"This can't be an open-access university," Allan Gilmour, president of WSU, told the Detroit Free Press. "If we're admitting people who we shouldn't admit, that isn't fair to them."
Approximately 20 percent of WSU applicants come from the Detroit Public School system. Students who are not admitted to the college will be offered a summer-long bridge program, intended to improve candidates' academic achievement in subject areas including algebra, English and basic study techniques. Individuals who achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 during the bridge program would then be admitted to the university.
Measures like the ones planned by WSU highlight how important it is to study hard in high school. More students than ever are filling out college applications, and good grades and a demonstrated commitment to your education can help your application stand out.