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UNM Wants to Tighten Admission Rules

So UNM (University of New Mexico) wants to tighten admission their rules. All I can say is about damn time! UNM has been way way way too loose with their admission rules, to the point that you really have to fuck up to not get in to UNM.

UNM already has an ultra low six-year (not four year) graduation rate which is at 44 percent. That means that only 44% of students graduate UNM within 6 years. That is freaking insane.

UNM's current admission rules are as follows :
  • 2.25 GPA (On a 4.00 scale)

  • 13 College Prep Courses with a 2.25 or better in:

    • 4 English courses, including at least one 11th or 12th grade composition.

    • 3 math courses, including algebra 1 or 2, geometry, trigonometry, calculus or higher.

    • 2 social science courses, including U.S. history.

    • 2 natural science courses, including at least one lab science in biology, chemistry or physics.

    • 2 foreign language courses in the same language or proof of proficiency in a second language.

Now they want to change UNM's admission rules to:
  • 2.75 GPA (On a 4.00 scale)

  • 16 College Prep Courses with a 2.75 or better in:

    • 4 English courses, including at least one 11th or 12th grade composition.

    • 4 math courses, including algebra 1 or 2, geometry, trigonometry, calculus or higher.

    • 3 social science courses, including U.S. history.

    • 3 natural science courses, including at least one lab science in biology, chemistry or physics.

    • 2 foreign language courses in the same language or proof of proficiency in a second language.

So basically UNM wants a fourth year of math, a third year of science with a lab and a third social science class. I for one say this a welcome change to the requirements and one that really should have been done a while ago.

I for one, with limit to the GPA (cus I do not remember what in the hell my GPA was, but I do know it was not the best) would have been able to meet these requirements. I took 4 years of math and english, I took 3 years of lab based science and I also took 3 social science courses.

What I do not understand is why people bitch so much when talk comes up of raising admission requirements. High School is supposed to be preparing our kids for college and for life in general, which at least here in New Mexico they fail at. Also, if college's are to accept people who do not meet these requirements, then the college's are not doing the student any favor, cus they are just setting them up for failure.

Now as to UNM's really crappy graduation rates, I think some of that is due to the university on its own and not to what the incoming freshman have skills wise. I have said this before on this blog, but in my move to CNM; I have found that CNM is much more about the student then UNM ever has, or ever will be.

I think to fix the graduation rates, the university is going to have to do some major house cleaning and 100% change the way they do business. They need to make it 100% easier to get crap done and remove the 4000 pounds of red tape that the university loves to use on everything! I think only after that is done will the graduation rates raise up.

Also there is talk of requiring all freshman to live on campus their freshman year. That, even if it does help, is almost impossible to require of the students, especially at a school like UNM where 80% of the students are commuter students. For one, we do not have the dorm space to house all the freshmen on campus and we are running out of room fast on campus to build anything, let alone student housing.

Ok, that is my rant for now. This has gotten way longer then I thought it was going to be.

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