"David said a three-year experiment at Gordon during which a minimum SAT score is not required for admission will end next fall. "You will see a better quality student," the chancellor said."
Who thought that was going to be a good plan in the first place? 3 years to figure that out??? Another fine example of more tax dollars wasted! Every one is NOT cut out to be a college student, despite what folks have pumped into these kid's heads. When they raise the standards - enrollment will drop, then we have all these new dorms, time, & money sunk into that campus that could have been MUCH better spent on actually improving the quality of education there. SHAME on them!!!
No SAT scores required. That explains it! I am sure that next year about 1/4 of the freshman class will no longer be at Gordon. Stupidity and lack of respect are rampant on campus. The old adage holds true in some cases: Education and youth are wasted on the young. There should be no first year students that require THREE "learning support" courses, yet there are plenty of them. Sad. One Professor has a grade comment that is NTTE...next time try English. Says a lot to me.
I do not think you have the entire picture: the idea was Perdue's. He thought that if we elminated the SAT requirement for the access institions that the average score would increase statewide since only top students applying to the research institutions would take the test. It was just another misdirected Republican strategy meant to mislead voters. Don't blame Chancellor Davis or Gordon College--blame Sonny Perdue.
You are exactly right! For years, Georgia has lagged behind many other states in SAT scores. What hasn't been properly publicized is the fact that many states don't require all students to take the SAT, only college bound ones. This has greatly enhanced the average scores of so many while leaving Georgia with its everybody takes the test mentality farther and farther behind. So our state tried to sneak one by us by changing the rule so it would look like our scores were really improving. The only problem,nearly everyone still takes the test. The truth is, Georgia's top students can compete with the top students from any state but the bottom of the barrel, well that's another story!
I didn't take the SAT and I have kept a GPA above 3.50 the whole time I have attended Gordon College. I also took one learning support class. I consider myself a good student, so what happens to people like me who do well even though we didn't take the SAT? I agree that 3 learning support classes is extreme and that alot of the students don't meet certain standards. I also agree some of the students just weren't cut out for college. What about the few who act respectable, do what they are supposed to, but that don't meet the SAT requirement?
The SAT requirement never was that high at Gordon to begin with. It's not that big of a stretch by them doing away with it. It will hurt the kids more that didn't take it when they transfer to another 4 year school to complete their studies and don't have the proper scores to get into the specialized departments for B.A. or M.A. degrees down the road. Kids should be taking the ACT anyways...the SAT is not recongized by as many schools anymore.
Thank the good Lord, now when we try to register for classes, especially core, it won't be full of idiots who drop the classes right before midterm, when others could have used their space to learn and graduate on time.
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