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November 2018 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?

This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our Panelists:

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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Web Extras - November 2018 - An Eye on Admissions

Exceptions to Standards

LSU Board of Supervisors member and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson explains why holistic admissions are needed.

Board of Regents Review

Jeannine Kahn, Ph.D. with the UL System describes the upcoming review process of standards by the Board of Regents in light of LSU allowing 7.5% exceptions for holistic admitted students.

Waste of Their Money

Dr. James Wharton, former LSU Chancellor, gives his opinion on lowering college admission standards.

Pressure on Standards

Former LSU Chancellor Dr. James Wharton explains how the lack of state funding can influence admission decisions.

The Common App

Dana Schlotterer with The Runnels School touches some challenges of using the Common Application online submission procedure.