The state's Board of Regents met today, increasing the GPA requirement for incoming college students in Nevada from 2.75 to 3.0.
The debate over college admissions heated up last year, when the Regents raised the GPA from 2.5 to 2.75. Now two semesters later, both UNR and UNLV have experienced a decrease in overall admissions for incoming freshman. The affected minority students as well. While African American enrollment at UNR went up, Hispanic numbers dropped. Minority enrollment numbers at UNLV went down substantially.
"The impact of some of the under represented groups was greater than expected and that is a great concern because we want to make sure all communities have access to higher education," said David Ashley, UNLV President.
"We want to increase the diversity of our campus, so while it didn't fall, we know there are lots of highly talented, highly qualified minorities and Anglos who are not attending a University," said President of UNR, Milton Glick.
UNR Junior Chad Seidenstricker got into college under the old standards, but he was well above the cutoff with a GPA of 3.4. He thinks all students, no matter what race, should be held to the same standards.
"I think the requirement should be a little bit higher. The school should have a better name for itself. A lot of people get in here and they are a little bit overwhelmed," said Seidenstricker.
Keisha Hernandez disagrees. She says she barely squeezed by the admission cutoff with a 2.7 GPA...and feels minorities who attend public schools aren't given as much one-on-one time with teachers, making it harder to do keep up their grades.
"I'm not offended, but I know for some kids, it's harder for them to come to UNR. They go to TMCC first. With a 3.0, it will make it even harder," said Hernandez.