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January 06, 2006

Education alternatives

Denene Brox (12/30, As I See It) criticized the University of Kansas’ proposal to raise admission standards. She said higher standards would prevent many minority and low-income students from getting a higher education.

The outlook for disadvantaged students is not so grim, however. The Kansas City region is home to three major community colleges — Metropolitan on the Missouri side, and Johnson County and Kansas City Kansas on the Kansas side. These colleges have open admissions.

They cost much less to attend than universities, and needy students can get much more personalized attention from faculty and staff.

If a student succeeds after two years at these institutions, she or he can move on to a university with confidence and proof of being able to compete at the college level.

Steven Lewis
Roeland Park



K-State has not had an open admissions policy for a couple of years. There are three ways that a Kansas High School graduate can become elgible for admission. One of these requirements is to rank in the top 1/3 of your class. This opens the doors to students from all school districts in the State. Another is to complete the Kansas precollege course of study,with a 2.0 GPA, which is a modest requirement that also provides oportunity to graduates of all school districts. The third way is by ACT or SAT test scores.
In my opinion, anyone who cannor qualify for admission under these requirement will be better served by a Community College.
The link I tried to post on this didn't work. If you google Kansas State University Admission Requirements you cna find the material.


hey guys,
If you reread the original letter, I think you'll find that bigotry was actually what Mr Lewis was criticizing. He just didn't make a very strong statement against it. He was trying to let the person he was criticizing see that there are alternatives for people who didn't quite get straight A's in High school.


Rather sloppy post. I wish this blog had an edit feature. Anyway, you see what I'm getting at.


Since early in the 20th Century, Kansas has had an "open admissions" policy at all of its Regents institutions. A Kansas high school diploma is all you need to get into KU, K-State, Fort Hays, Pittsburg, Emporia, and now Washburn. This policy

The problem is, most of the Johnson County kids want to go to KU. And KU is now griping about having to accept other kids from around the state that they say aren't ready for college. So what they really want to do is find away to keep the wealthier Johnson County kids who come out of the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe systems by raising standards to that public school districts in other parts of the state can't possibly meet.

The solution here is to A) pump money into all public school districts so that any student holding a high school diploma from any district in Kansas is ready for college; B) Get kids from all over the state to realize that KU is not the only option for a college education, and in many cases, not even the best option.


This is part of the reason the Community College system was created. To make higher education available to all. Although they now urinate away tons of money on unneeded programs (like sports and band), the Comm Colleges are serving there "higher education for all" mandate fairly well.

Junglejack: I am some what in agreement with you. To me, expecting and requiring less of a person because of the color of their skin is bigotry. It is clearly stating we don't believe they are capable of competing on an equal basis.

My favorite "hero" of equal rights is Peewee Reese. Reese, hall of fame shortstop of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was still serving in the Marines when it was announced the Dodgers had signed Jackie Robinson. Several of his teammates publically called for a "team strike" to prevent management from "giving Peewee's job to some black guy." Reese's response? "Tell those idiots that if the man can take my job he deserves it!" Well said, Peewee.


Why are minorities and low income students automatically assumed to be less intelligent than the average Joe? Libraries are FREE, anyone can better themselves with a little motivation.

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