CPE amends minimum college admission guidelines

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(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend administrative regulation 13 KAR 2:020, which sets minimum requirements for admission and course placement standards at state-supported colleges and universities.

With the amended policy, traditional high school students would need a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university.

Students with a GPA between 2.0 to 2.49 could still be admitted to a public four-year university if they sign a learning contract with the campus specifying the advising, mentoring, tutoring and support services expectations for both the student and the campus.

The amendment also mandates the implementation of the co-requisite model for students needing remediation in core content areas. A co-requisite course is a credit-bearing course that includes enhanced academic supports, such as additional hours of instruction, tutoring, mentoring or advising.

Moving toward the co-requisite model of remediation will assist students in progressing to a degree more quickly outside the traditional developmental education model, which is often more costly and ineffective in progressing students toward degree completion.

Council President Bob King said, “Today’s action represents a major policy milestone that will increase student success for literally thousands of students over time. We are extremely grateful to all our campus presidents and chief academic officers for their shared commitment to help more students persist and graduate.”

Other minimum requirements for college admission remain unchanged and include: meeting the Kentucky Minimum High School Graduation Requirements; meeting the precollege curriculum requirements; and taking the established college admission or academic readiness assessments established by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The amendment now moves through the legislative regulatory review process and requires adoption by the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee and the Interim Joint Committee on Education. If adopted, the amendment would take effect for the 2019-20 academic year.

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