Education: Toughening Up on Admissions

State universities try to cut the high cost of failure

The board of admissions for California's vast public university system has sent a warning letter to the parents of all the eighth-grade students in the state: "Your son or daughter," it declares, "should be expected to enroll in an English class every semester of every year and most students should be taking a math class every semester." U.C. Administrator Henry Alder stresses that low performance in high school could prove hazardous to college aspirations. Reason: by the fall of 1984 the state's 19 colleges and nine universities plan to toughen entrance requirements....

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