Wayne State considers boosting admission standards

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wayne State University has a plan to raise its admission standards in an effort to increase the school's graduation rate. According to the most recent figures, 33 percent of students graduate within six years of enrollment at Wayne State.

Professor Joel Silvers teaches screenwriting. He said he loves working at a diverse, urban-centered university, but that he has seen freshman struggle at the school.

"A lot of them come into this university and they are really not prepared for college-level work and its no reflection on them, its a reflection on the kinds of public schools they are coming from around the region," Silvers said. "It's no secret that we have a a low graduation rate."

Now, university leaders want to implement tougher admission standards to avoid a failed student body.

Under the new standards, students with a grade point average in the range of 2.5 to 2.7 and an ACT score between 16 and 18 would go into a Bridge Program. It is an 8-week program offered twice a year that focuses on core subjects such as english and math.

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