Only 48% of test takers reached the "SAT Benchmark” — a score of 1550 that is associated with a 65% likelihood of obtaining a first-year college grade point average of B- or higher, according to the College Board.The article states the obvious. In an environment, though, in which freshmen whinge about being placed directly in Finite Math, reiterating the obvious is necessary. And in many institutions of higher learning (and I use the term loosely), slipping enrollment becomes reason to fret about maybe being too selective.
Students who reach that threshold are more likely to enroll in a four-year school and complete their degree, the College Board said.
In high school, the students who surpassed the benchmark were more likely than their peers to have completed a curriculum of four years or more of English and three years or more of math, natural science and social science.
They were also more likely to have taken honors or Advanced Placement courses.
The good news, which College Insurrection posted late on Friday, is that the University of North Dakota apparently decided to save money by raising admission standards, never mind that the intake might be smaller.
There are a lot of reasons for low graduation rates at the university level. The number of kids – just 23% according to the latest ACT numbers – prepared for college-level work out of the K-12 schools is a factor, no doubt. But another problem is the “pack the campus” mentality that seems to permeate the universities, particularly here in North Dakota.Yes, and sooner or later Stein's Law will bite. At Say Anything, that's a desirable outcome.
In years past, it seems the higher ed folks have measured their success by enrollment. The more students, the better, regardless of outcomes for those students. Because more students justify more staff. Bigger budgets. More building on campus. And the students, after all, are a delivery mechanism for lots of tax dollars and taxpayer-guaranteed student loans.
If UND is reversing that trend, if this is a genuine change of philosophy toward more selective admissions and not just spin to cover up poor institutional performance, then kudos to UND.That's encouraging, particularly in light of the "every ship seaworthy" response to the social stratification apparently coming in train with the positional arms race in college ratings and college enrollments.
This is what’s needed to fix higher education in North Dakota.
It is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.