Contact Us

Where Are The Arts? UW Admission Standards Questioned

University of Wyoming

Changes to college readiness standards was the topic of a town hall meeting in Casper hosted by the University of Wyoming.


Listen here,

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Where are the arts? That was the big question posed at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening that looked at proposed changes to the University of Wyoming’s admission standards.

“This has probably been the strongest message from the fine arts, but there has been a strong push for some type of (arts) requirement.”

University of Wyoming Trustee, Ann Rochelle, says if the Unversity Board were to add an arts requirement U-W would be one of the first in the region to do so. Tuesday nights meeting presented changes to assured admissions standards that include a raised GPA to 3.0 and an ACT score of 21. The standards mirror the Hathaway Success Curriculum with 4 years english, math and science, 3 years social studies and 2 years foreign language. The goal Rochelle stresses is to improve student success rates.

“What we’re saying is, if you come in without some of the rigor and we have admitted you, we want to help you graduate. But you’ve got to help yourself and we have a program and programs that are supportive to you.”

Students entering without the coursework called for will be identified and required to participate in programs that offer special academic support.

Rochelle stresses that its a lot about parent and student involvement in choosing rigorous coursework starting at an early age.

“You can’t expect to just graduate from highschool and say ‘I’m going to go to college’. So it’s an educational part that has to be given to the parents and parents have to pass it on to their kids.”

She says its about challenging kids to work hard and get a broad based education, because you don’t know what the jobs will look like in the future.

The University of Wyoming town hall meetings continue through mid November.

Changes, once approved by the college board, would go into effect in 2013.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for K2 Fan Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive K2 Fan Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.