The college's Board of Trustees on Monday adopted new admission standards that establish minimum test score requirements for new students beginning in fall 2013.
The revised admissions policy sets minimum reading scores that students must achieve on one of three common college admissions tests. Those reading scores are a 13 on the ACT, a 62 on the COMPASS, or a 35 on the ASSET test. These reading score minimums are part of a "prepared learner" initiative designed to help students succeed in college.
Beginning in fall 2013, students who score below the reading minimums will be referred for reading assistance at area adult education centers. Those students will be encouraged to reapply for college admission after improving their academic skills. Based on past college admission applications, about 400 students could be impacted by the new process.
"Students who are not reading proficiently - at the college level - experience real challenges succeeding in their course work," said Dr. Margaret Ellibee, college president. "With this new process, we believe we can better prepare our students for the rigors of college learning."