ERIC Number: ED253163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Access to Postsecondary Education in North Dakota: A Case for Open Admissions. Instructional Development Report.
Young, Robert E.
Reasons for an open admissions policy in North Dakota, results of this policy, and future considerations are discussed. While graduates of accredited/approved high schools are eligible for college admission to institutions in the state, restrictions exist for out-of-state students. More than 40 programs across the state restrict enrollment, based on capacity, academic requirements, or personal characteristics. Surveys reveal public opinion in favor of open admissions in the state. North Dakotans believe that education has positive results for the individual and the society. Postsecondary education in North Dakota has historically served to compensate for the difficulties in providing high school education in a poor, rural state. Open access to college has promoted social equality and economic progress. Aptitude test scores of students at the University of North Dakota are not low, compared to the national averages. As a state responsibility, an open admissions policy requires financial backing. For students whose preparation has been inadequate, an institution should provide special classes and individual assistance. It is concluded that quality and open admission are not inconsistent. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Admission, Educational Benefits, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Open Enrollment, Postsecondary Education, Public Opinion, Public Policy
University of North Dakota, Office of Instructional Development, Box 8161, University Station, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Office of Instructional Development.
Identifiers: North Dakota