The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 22, Ed. 1, Friday, March 9, 1979 Page: 4 of 23
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IF05UK0o Should ACU have higher academic standards?
ED. The current admission standards for
ACU call for an ACT score of IS or for a
student to have been in the upper three
quarters of his high school class. The purpose
of this week's column is to face the question of
priorities and practicalities should ACU
have higher academic standards or should it
continue to offer Christian education to a more
broad range of students?
CINDY COBB - "I think ACU is a special
school and its standards should be high. I
don't think its standards are too high because
I think it takes a special kind of person to go to
school now days and they should have to
reach a certain standard to go to school."
PAT NORWOOD Education - "I don't think
ACU's standards are too high because I think
someone who wants to learn will have the
capability to learn. You want people who want
to learn at this school. I don't think they are
too low either. I think it is about right because
it is a challenge and those who are a little bit
above average can make it and those who
weren't couldn't. And I think you have to be a
little bit above average to go to college today."
- SUSAN TOWNSEND Office Administration -"I
think the admission requirements are about
right because colleges are looking for people
witti higher education and you need a certain
amount of drive to stay in college. And for
that you probably need to be in the top per-
cent of your high school class."
MATTHEW STROUP Business - "The
policy makers at ACU want to make the
Christian education here available to more
people every year. But as the quality of
education in public schools goes down I see
ACU will have to lower its standards because
the intellectual level of students entering will
be less. The standards right now are not too
high but they will probably have to be lowered
to be acceptable to those who want to enter If
the teachers don't lower their 'standards of
quality then there may be fewer people
graduating from here because students will
find it more difficult to graduate and meet the
requirements. But if teachers lower their
standards with the quality of the education
coining in then the quality of education will go
down. The quality of education depends on
whether the board of trustees wants more
people graduating or higher standards with a
better standing among colleges in the U.S. I
don't think they should lower them but keep
them as they are."
RUSSELL NOLL Marketing and Management
"I feel that ACU's current admission
standards are adequate. I feel that ACU
should limit its enrollment to a certain degree
and I feel that the standards they have set with
the score of l on the ACT exam or being in the
top three-fourths of your high school class is
adequate with keeping quality enrollment
and at the same time limiting it."
MIKE RACKLEY Biology - "As far as
ACU's admissions go I think they are a little
bit low. But when you look at ACU's purpose
as stated in the catalog the purpose is to be of
Christian service to the students. That's even
though they may be little bit lower
academically than would be accepted in other
universities and I think that is good. ACU's
graduates are really well disciplined in their
fields and a person who cannot handle the
work will probably eventually drop out but
even one semester will be beneficial to that
JAN TAYLOR Advertising - "I think they
are way too low and a lot of people get into
this school who have no business getting into
college. I think the people who have no
business being in college aren't prepared for
college and they drag down everyone else in
their class because the teacher can't do what
he needs to do."
GILBERT HEARN Marketing - "I feel like
they are not high enough because if they are
probably just fail and it would be a waste of
DONALD BOOKER Accounting - "I think
it's good to have high academic standards but
you have to stick with them. There are a lot of
people I know who have less than that stan-
dard. I don't know if they can pay tuition or if
they think they have potential or what."
WAYNE BARNARD Bible - "I think
academically there has to be a standard
because there are a lot of people who come to
school who shouldn't even be in college. There
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too low as I feel they are now it does not
prepare the student well enough. I think he
comes in with a lacking of what it means to be
a college student. I think if the standards were
higher we would have less grade inflation and
the morale of the campus would be higher too.
It would have been better for me if it had been
a little bit harder to get in."
JAY SINGLETON Banking and Finance - "I
think they should raise the ACT score higher
and also if you are in the top three-fourths of
your class you are allowed to get in here even
if you didn't make the ACT score. I'm not sure
that is good. I think they should rely on the
ACT more or change it to the top one-half of
the clciss "
MARDELLA HUTCHINSON Drama - "I
think it is definitely not too high because the
ACT is easier than the SAT and you only have
to take one. Or you can get in on academic
probation and get in anyway. I don't think its
too hard but that's fine with me."
SHIRLEY BRUNSON. - "I don't think its
too high because I think ACU is highly
academic and its a hard school. Someone who
is lower than that (15 on the ACT exam) would
are people who drop out because they couldn't
do it yet they did meet the standards. For that
reason there needs to be an academic stan-
dard I guess to " weed out". But yet as far as
Christian education goes the policy is good.
There are people who cannot meet that
standard but do have the desire and can make
it through colllege. They may not have such a
good GPA but they could graduate. It would
be difficult to make that decision and
eliminate them from a Christian-education. I
was always under the impression that anyone
could come here. I think a lot of people find out
their first year whether they -are college
material or not. Anyone is entitled to a
Christian education. If they find out they can't
make it then at least they've had that firsts
year and have had the chance to grow. ' ' "
PHYLLIS LOWE Elementary Education- "I
certainly don't think the admissions for ACU
are too high because its an institution of
higher learning and you have to take some
things into consideration. If you just let
anyone in we wouldn't be recognized as a real
institute of higher learning and a degree
from ACU would be worthless."
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