Will KU’s higher admission standards be a deterrent?

The Kansas Board of Regents’ lone voter last month against tougher admissions standards at the University of Kansas said that as a taxpayer-funded institution, KU “should be more accessible to students, instead of building roadblocks.” Janie Perkins also told the Garden City Telegram that her vote was influenced by her work as supplemental programs coordinator for the Garden City school district with at-risk kids, many of whom would be first-generation college students. She knows that KU intends to review cases in which students don’t qualify and work hard to help them be admitted and successful, but she said, “I felt increasing those standards would keep some students from even thinking they could get in.” Because the rest of the board approved KU’s request, an incoming freshman as of 2016 will 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).