Higher standard at NCCU could force many out

Posted April 11, 2011

— Hundreds of North Carolina Central University students could be blocked from enrolling next fall because of low grades.

The university implemented a policy in December to encourage students to maintain the 2.0 grade-point average needed to graduate. Students who fall below a 1.9 average won't be able to enroll for the fall semester, and no student will be allowed to enroll in fall 2012 without a 2.0 average.

N.C. Central spokeswoman Cynthia Fobert said 519 of the more than 6,400 undergraduates at the school have averages below 1.9, but she said officials expect many of them to work during the current semester and during summer session to raise their average to the required level.


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  • renaissance7330 Apr 12, 2011

    Overall I think this is a good thing across the board.

  • renaissance7330 Apr 12, 2011

    Well here is the issue. The 2.0 standard is being enacted at all state universities. This is not exclusive to NCCU. Many students are having to stay longer in school because once you hit a certain number of hrs if your gpa is low is it almost impossible to get it to move. And it would require straight A's in some cases. And you have to have a 2.0 to graduate from any state supported school. If you are receiving financial aid and your gpa is below a certain level you become ineligible to receive anymore money until you get your GPA up. That means you have to pay out of pocket until you do. This goes for Pell Grants too! All schools are setting this bar starting freshman yr when most students tend to have a difficult time ajusting to college work/life. Also when your gpa is low, you are normally on academic probation, so students are not "failing unchecked". This is every college, news sounds more sensational when it is tied to a HBCU. Believe me, it is happening at NCSU,ECU and UNC too!

  • mad_dash Apr 12, 2011

    When the average student got the idea he should go to college, college standards dropped. Make college intellectually rigorous again and direct those who can't handle it onto other life paths. alwaysamused...... Amen and AMEN!!!

  • purplezbra93 Apr 12, 2011 me I didn't get all A's and B's in high school.But there are colleges out there that helps students that aren't ready to handle a four-year college. Like Louisburg, where I'm attending in the fall and will transfer in 2 years. And why would you not want a four-year degree? Considering that our living standards would be better if we did,

  • whatusay Apr 12, 2011

    alwaysamused...sorry but you are misguided. Why should I pay taxes that are used to support state colleges and my child is denied the right to attend because of their SAT scores. An honor roll student in high school who scored average on the SAT... Don't take my taxes and give it to someone from out of state who paid none.

  • whatusay Apr 12, 2011

    Perdue, Obama, and many more politicians are pushing the importance of education but it seems that only applies to K-12th grade. I know many high school graduates with good grade, but scored low on the SAT and could not get into a state college. Students admission should be based on their high school transcript, not the SAT. I agree if they don't perform while in college they should be kicked out, maybe down-grade to a community college. But, to deny a student the right to attend a college or university is wrong. They should at least be given a chance to fail or succeed. Government wants tax dollars to fund state colleges but deny those same student parents access for their children to attend. That's wrong.

  • alwaysamused Apr 12, 2011

    Colleges and universities should raise their entrance standards considerably, maintain those standards for enrolled students, and dramatically lower the number of students at the university. College isn't for everyone; if a student didn't have all A's and B's in high school, college (as it SHOULD be, not as it has become)isn't an appropriate path. When the average student got the idea he should go to college, college standards dropped. Make college intellectually rigorous again and direct those who can't handle it onto other life paths. Not having a four-year degree doesn't make you a loser. There are other ways to live and work.

  • jlyn67 Apr 12, 2011

    I do not attend NCCU but I do attend Stanly Community College and plan on transfering to Western Carolina for my 4 year degree. I am a single parent who works full time and takes classes online at night and I have maintained a minimum of a 3.5 gpa so if they are only getting a 2.0 then they are not even trying. That is all they have to do is go to class and do the work but apparently they will not even do that. If I do not maintain at least a 2.o I will loose my grants to continue so I make sure everything is done and done on time. Get ride of those that are there to party and make room for those that want to learn.

  • weasel2 Apr 12, 2011

    Well heres an example of the "its my right group" We have the ones at the top and the ones at the bottom and those of us in the middle pay for both. Thats why the Tea Party is beginning to grow by leaps and bounds.

  • Enough is Enough People Apr 12, 2011

    I am sorry if you have a pulse you should be able to obtain a 2.0 GPA. Its amazing how low their standards are. What upsets me most is that it has been reported that 93% of the students that attend NCCU receive financial assistance from the state. If that is indeed the case then either funding should be cut until standards are raised considerably or students should have to pay back any and all "scholarships" they receive while achieving anything lower than a 2.0 GPA. If you cant get a 2.0 then you have no reason for attending college.