In Michigan
4:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Wayne State proposes tougher admissions policy

DETROIT –

Wayne State University officials are proposing a tougher new admissions policy that could reduce the student population by about 5 percent.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/Agxnuq) the proposal was to be presented Wednesday to the school's Board of Governors.

Under the plan, incoming freshmen in 2013 would be evaluated on their entire academic record, along with an essay, instead of the current policy of using a student's grade point average and ACT score for determining admissions.

The plan is a priority for school President Allan Gilmour, who has discussed possible changes since last year.

Critics say it could hurt the school's urban mission and reduce the number of minorities, especially from Detroit Public Schools.

School officials say they plan to step up recruitment of area minority students to address concerns.