Admissions Standards Revised

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The Florida Board of Regents, which oversees the state's university system, has revised its new college-admissions standards, following criticism by members of Gov. Robert Graham's Cabinet that the proposed standards unfairly excluded vocational-education courses.

The Cabinet, which serves as the state board of education, voted 4 to 3 at a meeting in early December to reject the standards.

Members who voted against the standards said they did so because they failed to include vocational education along with computer science, the humanities, and fine arts, as subject areas in which students seeking admission could take electives, according to Tim Callahan, Cabinet aide to Commissioner of Education Ralph D. Turlington.

'Second-Class Status'

The omission, vocational officials charged, relegated the subject to "second-class status."

Ron Scull, executive director of the Florida Vocational Educators Association, who testified before the Cabinet, said that while he supported the concept of enhancing the standards to make them more rigorous, he could not support them because of the omission of vocational education.

In a unanimous vote, the 13-member board of regents modified the standards at its Dec. 20 meeting. They did so not by adding vocational education to the list, but by dropping specific references to the other three subject areas, according to L. Patrick Riordan, director of public information for the state university system.

The Cabinet accepted the regents' amended standards at a meeting this month. It also voted to increase the number of academic units required for admission and to require two additional units of a foreign language.

Vol. 05, Issue 20, Page 11

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