BY Elizabeth Crisp
After three meetings and hours of debate, the state Board of Regents on Wednesday agreed to test new admissions standards for some of Louisiana’s universities.
The new policy isn’t as far-reaching as some had been aiming for, but supporters say it could help more students go to college.
“The goal is to get more graduates,” said Regents chairman Roy Martin, of Alexandria.
Under the new policy, four-year regional institutions will be able to admit students who require a developmental, or remedial, course. Currently, a student who scores on the ACT below an 18 in English or a 19 in math can’t enroll at the state’s public universities without a waiver because he or she would have to take a remedial course at a two-year college. The standards are a minimum, so individually, colleges could opt out of the new provision.
Under the new policy, which is being tested for two years, remedial courses will still be offered on community college campuses — except for students of the state’s historically black colleges, Southern University, Southern University New Orleans and Grambling State University.
The HBCUs will be able to offer remedial courses on their own campuses.