Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Freshmen: The Failing Forty

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Nearly 40 percent of recipients of an important state-financed scholarship lose their scholarship money after one year of college because they fail to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, a new report shows. The report, released Monday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education, showed that the average first-year student finishes with a 2.28 average.

The study followed members of the Class of 2004 through their first two years of college. It included only students attending colleges in Kentucky. Council officials expressed concern that so many students lose their Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarships because they cannot maintain the minimum GPA.

Tom Layzell, the council’s president, said the figures are another indication that a majority of Kentucky’s freshmen are unprepared for college. KEES scholarships are awarded based on students’ high school grade-point average and ACT scores. They can provide as much as $10,000 for tuition over four years.

Governor Fletcher values education? Scholarships are being lost because students cannot maintain C averages. The aforesaid is disgraceful. College freshmen are adults. They are responsible. However, Kentucky could improve their preparation. We could also ensure scholarships are not recklessly discarded.

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