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09-12/13-APC Changing Standards for Admission of International Students

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10-2012
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09-12/13-APC

RESOLVED: That the University Senate of Humboldt State University recommends to the President that the minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for the admission of undergraduate international students be raised from 500 to 525, effective Fall 2013, and be it further

 
RESOLVED: That theUniversity Senate of Humboldt State University recommends to the President that the minimum GPA from secondary education for the admission of undergraduate international students be lowered from 3.0 to 2.5, effective Fall 2013, and be it further
 
RESOLVED: That theUniversity Senate of Humboldt State University recommends to the President that the HSU Center for International Programs be instructed to track the effect of this change on student success and to report the results to the University Senate in Fall 2015.
 
Rationale:  HSU seeks to increase the number of international students on campus (currently less than 1% of the student body) as a means of increasing the diversity and cosmopolitanism of the HSU campus.
 
Lowering the minimum GPA for international applicants is equitable because secondary education grade inflation is much less common in other countries. International students are generally well prepared to succeed at HSU, as borne out by their above average retention and graduation rates.
 
Level of English proficiency is a better predictor of the success of international students than their GPA, so HSU would increase the minimum undergraduate English language requirement of a score of 525 on the TOEFL or its equivalent. 
 
University Senate:            Passed Unanimously, October 9, 2012
President Richmond:       Approved, October 10, 2012
 

 

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