FSD 21-09 Resolution on a Minimum University Admission Requirements
February 28, 2022
FSD 21-09: Resolution on a Minimum University Admission Requirements
PURDUE UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST FACULTY SENATE
Resolution on a Proposal to Change the Minimum Admissions Requirements for Purdue University Northwest AMENDED
Committee: Educational Policy
Whereas: The COVID pandemic disrupted the ability for students across the United States to take the SAT and/or ACT.
Whereas: The administration of PNW temporarily made the SAT/ACT requirement optional through AY 22-23.
Whereas: There has been an increase in diversity of applications to the Honors College since the ACT/SAT has not been required.
Whereas: Analyses conducted by Institutional Research has found that High School GPA is a stronger predictor of retention and success in the first year of college than standardized test score.
Whereas: Data from the Office of Institutional Research indicates the retention rate of students who have a High School GPA less than 2.2 is 71.84%
Whereas: PNW has entered into a reciprocal agreement with Ivy Tech whereby students who do not meet the admissions requirement for PNW will be referred to Ivy Tech, but PNW will maintain communication with those students in hopes that they will enroll at PNW when they qualify for admission.
Whereas: Changing a university admission requirement does not keep Colleges from requiring a higher GPA and or standardized test score for admission or scholarship criteria.
Whereas: Other institutions in the Purdue system, including Purdue Fort Wayne and IUPUI are considering test-optional admissions.
Whereas: Institutions in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago, such as Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University South Bend, and Chicago State University have made their standardized test-optional admissions permanent.
Whereas: At the conclusion of the Committee’s discussions it was decided that Education Policy Committee recommends the Faculty Senate to make the standardized test-optional admission policy permanent.
Whereas: At the conclusion of the Committee’s discussions, it was decided that Education Policy Committee recommends the Faculty Senate to increase the minimum University GPA admissions requirement from 2.0 to 2.2.
Be It Resolved: The educational Policy Committee of the PNW Faculty Senate recommends that the Faculty Senate approve this resolution to make the standardized test-optional admission policy permanent and increase the minimum University (not College) GPA admissions requirement from 2.0 to 2.2. Students applying to PNW with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.2 and an ACT or SAT score above the 50th percentile, their application should be reviewed for possible acceptance on a case-by-case basis.
Anne Edwards (Chair)
Ed Policy Members Voting in favor of this resolution: 7
Ed Policy Members Voting against this resolution: 0