Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Modify Undergraduate Transfer Admission Process

Motion:

Section 1

The Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) shall set each term's undergraduate transfer enrollment target.

Section 2

GSU will no longer automatically admit all applicants who meet the Senate-specified minimum admission requirements set out in this motion. The EMC will set enrollment targets and the Senate will set minimum admissions requirements. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will hit the EMC-specified targets by admitting and enrolling the most qualified of the students who meet the Senate-specified minima.

Section 3

Each of the students at or near the minima will be admitted on the grounds that they bring something unique to the GSU community, for example, first-generation background, demonstrated leadership, presence of and responses to life challenges, honors and awards, outstanding co-curricular accomplishments, volunteer and community service. Achievements will be considered in the context of the opportunities the applicant has had, any hardships or unusual circumstances the applicant has faced, and the ways in which the applicant has responded to these challenges.

Section 4

The minimum undergraduate transfer admissions requirements shall be as follows:

Proposed Transfer Admission Requirements

Term Pre-30 Transfers* Post-30 Transfers**
Spring 1999 to Spring 2001 -college GPA 2.0, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met, and
-all freshman admission
requirements
-college GPA 2.1, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met
Summer 2001 and thereafter -college GPA 2.0, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met, and
-all freshman admission
requirements
-college GPA 2.3, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met

*Pre-30 Transfers are those who have fewer than 30 semester hours of college-level work.

**Post-30 Transfers are those who have 30 or more semester hours of college-level work.

Rationale:

The following table summarizes the current transfer admission requirements.

Current GSU Transfer Admission Requirements

Pre-30 Transfers Post-30 Transfers
-C or better in English
Composition, and
-C or better in College
Algebra, and
-college GPA 2.1, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met, and
-all freshman admission
requirements
-C or better in English
Composition, and
-C or better in College
Algebra, and
-college GPA 2.1, and
-in good standing at last
institution attended, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met


The following table summarizes the Regents' transfer admission requirements for 2001.

Regents' 2001 Transfer Admission Requirements

Pre-30 Transfers Post-30 Transfers
-all freshman admission
requirements
-college GPA 2.3, and
-all CPC and LSP
requirements met


The proposal makes four changes from present policy. 1) It changes the way transfer admission standards are used at GSU to match the way freshman admission standards are used. The Senate sets a floor on admission requirements and the EMC, in light of enrollment patterns, may set higher, but not lower standards. 2) It removes the requirement that a student have C in English and a C in Math. 3) Effective Summer 2001, it increases the GPA required for admission from 2.1 to 2.3. 4) It lowers the GPA required of those who transfer before becoming sophomores from 2.1 to 2.0. Note that while these changes lower transfer admissions requirements in some ways, GSU's requirements are still higher than the Regents' requirements.

1) In the past, the University did not manage enrollment as well as it could. The principle problem was that there were no enrollment targets. Instead, the University Senate set minimum requirements for admission and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions admitted all students who met those requirements. The University was always reacting to student demand as it appeared instead of choosing those students who would best serve the interests and capacities of GSU. By setting enrollment targets in advance, GSU will be able to plan more effectively because we will have a much better idea of the number and characteristics of students who will arrive in a particular term.

2) The C in English/math requirement seems misguided for two reasons. First, UGA has no such requirement. Given our current problems attracting transfer students, it is odd for GSU's transfer admission requirements to be higher than UGA's. Second, and more fundamentally, the requirement seems to be a poor one on its own merits. Notice that it excludes a student who has not even attempted English or math--no matter how high his GPA. Consider the following example. A student graduates from one of Atlanta's elite private schools with a GPA of 3.5, SATs of 1400, and all CPC requirements meet. She decides not to attend college right away. She works in Atlanta for one year and takes one class political science class at Perimeter College and gets an A. This student does not meet our current admission requirements and would be denied admission to GSU as a transfer student. Had she applied as a freshman, she would have been admitted.

One might suggest that we modify our requirements to say that one must have a C or better in English/math if one has attempted those courses. This proposal, however, would create a poor incentive structure. It would give students a very good reason not to take any English or math at all until they reach GSU.

Alternatively, one might suggest that we leave this requirement in place and use the admissions appeals process to waive this requirement for students such as the one just described. The problem with this proposal is that it discourages such students from even applying to GSU. Our admission standards are published in the catalog and on the web. Good students would read those requirements and not bother to apply at all. If they do not apply, we will never be able to use the admissions appeals process to admit them.

3) The proposed increase in the GPA required for transfer admission in 2001 is required by Regents' policy.

4) The lower freshman transfer number is motived by two reasons. First, many students have difficulty in the transition from high school to college and then go on to perform well. It therefore seems natural to have a lower freshman transfer requirement. Second, the current requirement of a 2.1 excludes those who take one course and get a C. While there is a degree of arbitrariness in any line, the 2.0 line seems more natural given that a C is a 2.0. After a student has had 30 hours, it is appropriate to require a higher GPA to transfer.

One might suggest that this policy is flawed because it would allow a student with 29 hours to transfer to GSU with a 2.0 but require a student with 30 hours to have a 2.1 now and a 2.3 in 2001. There is a problem drawing any line here. Some students will inevitably fall just below or just above it. The line is drawn at 30 hours because the Regents' draw the line there. However, Admissions and Standards will collect data to see if students are abusing this policy and transferring just before they have 30 hours. If that is the case, then the EMC could exercise its power to raise standards by, for example, requiring those with 15 hours or more to have a GPA of 2.1 now and 2.3 in 2001. Given the lack of data on this matter at this time and the EMCs power to raise but not lower standards, it seems appropriate that the Senate-passed minima be at 2.0 for pre-30 transfers.


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