DETROIT – A new plan designed to improve Wayne State's graduation rate was approved last week according to local reports.
Freshmen will be evaluated differently according to new policies, splitting them into three separate groups: those who have been accepted, those who need to finish a summer program first, and those who will be advised to attend a community college or trade school instead.
The summer program would include free tuition and housing along with English, Algebra and Study Skills, and require a minimum 2.0 GPA to be accepted from it into fall classes.
The student population could drop by about five percent, but critics say it also could reduce the number of minorities from Detroit Public Schools, including Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP. The school will reportedly increase recruitment in minority areas in response.
WSU's graduation rate is 31 percent, the lowest of all Michigan public universities.