UW President Discusses New Admission Standards

UW President Tom Buchanan
UW President Tom Buchanan

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan was in Sheridan on Wednesday and sat down with Sheridan Media to discuss several topics related to the state's only public 4-year institution.

Possibly the issue that was discussed most in 2011, throughout communities across Wyoming, was the university's adoption of new admission standards.

The new standards carry increased automatic admission requirements in terms of GPA and ACT scores and add years of coursework in several subject areas, lining up with the Hathaway Success Curriculum.

UW will still accept students who don't quite meet these standards, but will place them in courses intended to help them succeed. Buchanan explains the university's goal.

The university held Town Hall-style meetings across Wyoming prior to their board adopting the standards in November. One complaint heard around the state was that the heavier course requirements in high school could minimize things like music, arts and humanities courses.

Buchanan says that the University of Wyoming in no way wants to leave those things out of an education.

Buchanan says that it's their responsibility as the state's only 4-year institution to give students every opportunity to succeed.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more from the interview with Buchanan. We discussed the school's role in continuing to provide a workforce for Wyoming's energy industry, the upcoming legislative session and looked forward some of the new things happening in 2012 in Laramie.


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