Faculty Council considers relaxing admissions standards

Friday, October 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:21 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Missouri high school students hoping to attend MU could soon face easier admissions standards.

MU’s Faculty Council discussed a proposal Thursday by University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd that would automatically admit students in the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed high school credit requirements and taken the ACT.

“Dr. Floyd wants to recruit the best and brightest students to stay at home for their higher education at the University of Missouri,” system spokesman Scott Charton said.

No council members voiced objections to the proposal, although some were concerned that small schools with no students excelling on the ACT would still have few students admitted.

Faculty Council member Michael Devaney asked whether the policy change could create other problems for MU.

“Do we need to enhance the Learning Center?” Devaney asked.

Council member Rex Campbell said there are only about 60 students per year who don’t meet the current admissions standards, but who would be eligible under the new system.

Council Chairman Bill Lamberson said that, according to the MU Admissions Office, the change would primarily affect six schools in the state. He said that he thinks the schools affected are mostly “urban, inner-city schools.”

Floyd will present the proposition to the UM System Board of Curators in December.

In other business, the council discussed the ongoing issue of providing benefits to life partners of MU employees. Michael Paden, associate vice president for benefits, said a decision was made not to provide benefits for partners of employees, though there would be “no significant variance” in cost.

Faculty Council vice chairman Frank Schmidt, who also is a member of the Intercampus Faculty Council, said that group would continue to lobby for increased benefits.

“I’m not sure how high it will go, but we will continue to push it,” he said.

The council will meet again Nov. 3.

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