Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez gave the University of Kansas high marks for toughening its admission standards, a move signed off on by the Kansas Board of Regents last week. Beginning in 2016, an incoming freshman would need a 24 or better on the ACT (up from 21 now) and a 3.0 grade point average in high school (up from 2.0) for automatic admittance to KU (an even higher GPA could offset a lower ACT score). But Sanchez noted that KU will take into account whether an applicant comes from a family of KU grads, and “‘Who’s your daddy?’ shouldn’t be a privilege at a public institution seeking to serve a range of students.” She added: “KU is wisely attempting to elevate itself to a higher national ranking by improving retention and graduation rates. And bloodline has nothing to do with the ability to succeed academically.”
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