State Considers Delaying, Weakening College Entrance Standards

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State officials are considering delaying or weakening tough new college admission standards after complaints that the state doesn't have enough high school teachers to add required courses.

The state Commission on Higher Education approved the higher standards in 2003. The higher standards are scheduled to take effect next year, and could go even higher in 2010.

But many rural, and some urban, school districts say they don't have enough teachers to meet the 2010 standards, and some say they can't even meet next year's rules.

The state Department of Higher Education today asked the commission to go ahead with next year's changes, but to delay the 2010 standards for further study.

A look at state Higher Education Admission Requirements, or HEAR:

In 2008, students entering four-year state colleges and universities must have passed these classes in high school:

-- Four English courses.

-- Three math courses.

-- Three natural science courses.

-- Three social science courses.

-- Two academic electives such as computer science, art, music, journalism or drama.

In 2010, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education plans to raise the standards to include:

-- Four math courses, instead of three.

-- Two foreign language courses, instead of none.

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