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Idaho pondering pre-admitting all its qualified students to state colleges, universities

Idaho education officials want to flip the traditional college admission process around in order to boost the state's dismal college attendance rates, the AP reports. The State Board of Education listened to a new proposal Thursday that recommended alerting qualified high school seniors that they have been accepted to all eight of Idaho's colleges and universities rather than wait for application results. Board spokesman Blake Youde says students would still need to fill out paperwork and a pay a fee to secure a spot at their school of choice, but the money would eventually be credited back on their tuition bill.

Pre-qualification for acceptance would be based on grade point average, total school credits and SAT scores, writes AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi. Officials still are working with college provosts to determine the minimum standards as well as how to avoid capacity issues in the event too many students select primarily just one university.

Students who don't qualify would receive a different notification that would admit them into Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College as well Idaho's community colleges, said Carson Howell, an analyst with the board. "Now we're potentially looking at hitting all students," Howell said. "We know what the pool is."

The board will vote on adopting the proposal in August during its next meeting; students and parents could start getting the letter by fall. You can read Kruesi’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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