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.