Changes to higher education explored

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Satisfied or unhappy with how students are picked by colleges or how universities decide which students need remedial classes? Sound off at a town hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the west ballroom at the Colorado Mesa University Center.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is sponsoring next week’s public meeting to gather written and spoken opinions on college admission and remedial education policies.

Input will be passed on to a task force assembled last year to research issues affecting college retention.

The task force is recommending a list of changes to how students are admitted — including replacement of the admissions index system that uses a student’s ACT or SAT score, class rank and grade-point average to determine if they should get into a school — with a system that uses more test data and puts more emphasis on the types of classes students take rather than the number of classes they pass in high school.

The task force also is suggesting allowing schools to pick which students need a catch-up course in math based on which major programs the students enter.

Feedback will be forwarded to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Implementation may take years to allow schools and students to adjust to the new rules, according to Nancy Mitchell, communications director for the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster and CDHE Director of Admission and Access Policy Tamara White will speak at Wednesday’s meeting. Light refreshments will be served.


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