“nearly 8,300 students admitted in the fall semesters 2017-2019 did not meet its academic criteria”
They also gave away millions in bad scholarships. Not good.
The College Fix reports:
Public university admitted thousands of unqualified students, gave $2 million in bad scholarships, audit finds
If your high school grades or standardized test scores are holding you back from going to a four-year university, consider Texas Southern University.
An external audit commissioned by the historically black university’s Board of Regents found that half of the nearly 8,300 students admitted in the fall semesters 2017-2019 did not meet its academic criteria.
More than a tenth of them received improper scholarships totaling $2.1 million, according to the Houston Chronicle, which obtained the audit by Berkeley Research Group.
The audit of admissions, financial aid and administration practices revealed “higher numbers of students who fall short of academic criteria” – minimum 2.5 GPA and either combined SAT score of 900 (after March 2016) or ACT composite score of 17 -“than previously reported,” and admitting them had negative consequences:
Around 63 percent of students in the fall 2017 cohort and around 49 percent in fall 2018 were no longer enrolled at TSU in fall 2019, according to the report. TSU’s fall 2017 cohort, of which 56 percent did not meet academic criteria, saw the highest number of withdrawals within the students’ first semester. …
Students were still given an average of around $30,000 in financial aid in 2018, $28,800 in 2018, and more than $21,100 in 2019.
The taxpayer-funded institution has long suffered low graduation rates and its law school had its own fraudulent admissions scandal that came to light earlier this year.
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