KU needs higher admission standards

The Kansas Board of Regents was correct in requesting that the University of Kansas increase its admission standards. Low admission standards is one reason why KU has low graduation and retention rates, which are threatening KU’s membership in the American Association of Universities. “We are probably one of the few AAU schools with students who have ACT scores between 12 and 36,” Matt Melvin, KU’s associate vice provost for recruitment and enrollment, told the Lawrence Journal-World. “I’m not sure that benefits the state, if it benefits the institution and, most importantly, if it benefits the student.” The challenge for KU is whether it can raise its admission standards without harming its enrollment and finances.