C.H.E.C.K. News 8 Serving All Kansas Homeschoolers October 2007 Admissions to Kansas Regents Universities A discussion of recent updates impacting homeschooler admissions in 2008-09 By Cheryl Reynolds Recently the Kansas Board of Regents issued updated regulations for admission into state universities. These regulations have been the source of concern and confusion for some Kansas homeschooling parents who see college in the near future.
In this article, I 9ll try to shed some light on what the guidelines really mean to Kansas homeschoolers. Kansas Regents Universities One source of the confusion has been which universities fall under the governance of the Kansas Board of Regents 3 and, by association, their guidelines for admission. The Board of Regents is responsible only for the six state-supported universities: ?
Emporia State University ? Kansas State University ? Fort Hays State University ?
Pittsburg State University ? The University of Kansas ? Wichita State University Although the Board of Regents also has some oversight of junior colleges and technical schools, the recently updated admissions regulations do not apply to these schools.
Nor do they apply to any other colleges or universities located in Kansas beyond the six listed above. Other universities set their own admissions policies and those policies ... more. less.
differ from school to school. High schoolers looking forward to college should reference the admissions policies of the schools they are interested in early in their high school years to be sure they complete any necessary requirements.<br><br> Admissions Guidelines If admission to a Kansas Regents school is your goal, then you should be aware of the regulations and how they impact homeschoolers. Currently the regulations allow for the state universities to regularly admit students who graduate from accredited high schools and meet additional academic guidelines. Since Kansas homeschools are by definition unaccredited schools, this means homeschoolers are no longer admitted through the regular process.<br><br> But, don 9t panic, there is another avenue of admission. Each Regents university has a 10% allowance to admit students who fall outside the normal guidelines. Background The Board of Regents updated their regulations to conform to existing Kansas statutes.<br><br> Although these statutes are not recently passed, the Board determined through staff review that their existing regulations did not follow the statutes as currently In this issue: Admissions to Kansas Regents Universities Checklist for Future College Students Letters from Regents Universities Outlining Homeschooler Admissions Poli- cies * Wichita State University * Fort Hays State University * University of Kansas * Pittsburg State University Interning for Senator Pyle CHECK Statewide Calendar Debuts Speech and Debate Eloop C.H.E.C.K. News is published by The Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas. interpreted.<br><br> When the CHECK Board became aware of the new changes in the regulations earlier this year, our immediate concern was about the omission of homeschoolers in the regular admittance process. Based on this concern, CHECK President David Barfield contacted Regents officials and HSLDA for clarification. As a result of these contacts, the Board of Regents has urged each of the six Regents universities to develop admissions policies for homeschoolers through the exceptions process that are similar to the admissions process in place prior to the revised regulations.<br><br> 10%-Exceptions Admissions Firstly, the chair of the Board of Regents has assured us that it was not their intention to exclude homeschoolers. Accordingly, they have notified the Regents universities to use their 10%-exceptions allocations to admit homeschoolers who have equivalent skills to those students being admitted from accredited high schools. This should essentially continue what was occurring prior to the updated guidelines.<br><br> Since each Regents school may set their own guidelines for their exceptions admissions, you will need to work directly with the schools you are interested in to find out what their particular exceptions guidelines will be. CHECK News has contacted the Regents universities and asked them to provide letters for publication outlining their admissions policies. Four submitted letters that are printed in this issue of CHECK News .<br><br> If you have college-bound students, you should continue to monitor CHECK News and the CHECK website for updates. As the procedures firm up, CHECK may also add a publication to our library on this subject. Statutes Changes Secondly, the Board of Regents may consider whether or not some changes in Kansas statutes governing admissions may need updated.<br><br> There is no clear consensus about or definition on this process yet, but CHECK will release any changes on this front as we become aware of them. Academic Requirements Thirdly, students considering Regents schools need to be academically prepared. Go to the Regents website, review the academic expectations, and incorporate them into your high school program.<br><br> Also be sure to get the ACT or SAT completed, paying attention to minimum scores. Most Kansas universities, including many who aren 9t governed by the Regents, expect a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT. However, don 9t let the requirements scare you into changing your essential homeschooling methods.<br><br> You can meet these requirements through a variety of approaches. We use a relaxed eclectic approach to homeschooling in our home that relies strongly on the unit study concept and uses very few textbooks even in the high school years. This easily translated to credits using Carnegie units.<br><br> Many of the credits on our transcripts were recorded in halves or even quarters of a credit and were very specific, such as a portion of a credit for US government recorded as cThe Patriot Act and National Security Issues d or a portion of a credit for world history recorded as cThe Pharoahs of Egypt. d Our resource list, required by NCAA (see below) included materials from the local Extension Service and reading lists of fiction and nonfiction, not just text books. Tracking and recording the content is the key, not the approach. Most importantly, your student does not need to take a GED.<br><br> GEDs are taken by students who drop out of high school before receiving a diploma. Homeschool graduates have a diploma issued by their homeschool. NCAA Athletes As a side note, potential NCAA athletes should also reference the NCAA site to find out their academic requirements for high school.<br><br> Having just went through this qualification with my daughter who is attending a Regents university and participating in athletics, I know the NCAA requirements are very specific. Most Kansas colleges and universities don 9t care to see a list of texts or resources with the high school transcript, but the NCAA does want such a list. The NCAA guidelines are also updated beginning with the 2008-09 school year and they increase the requirements related to a particular courses of high school study for future college athletes.<br><br> The HSLDA website has some good material on NCAA requirements as well. HSLDA was instrumental in getting the NCAA to recognize homeschoolers 3 another good reason for HSLDA membership. Letters of Reference Finally, consider taking at least one college course while in high school.<br><br> My daughter took a single, carefully selected course at a local university at age 15. I handpicked the course and the professor and she worked very hard to do her best work and make a good impression. It was this professor who we turned to for her letters of recommendation for college admissions, scholarships, and honors programs.<br><br> While many homeschoolers rely upon other homeschooling contacts such as co-op leaders to provide similar letters, I believe that the letters we provided were taken more seriously by those reviewing the applications. Plus, with Kansas dual- credit guidelines, these credits count as both high school and college credit. However, be sure to preserve your homeschool eligibility for homeschool sporting leagues, speech and debate leagues, home school support organizations, and so forth by completing the majority of the high school work as an independent homeschooler.<br><br> Note: This discussion involves students being admitted to Regents universities as freshman. Different guidelines apply to transfer students. Consult the Regents website for details.<br><br> References: ? 4-H: www .oznet.ksu.edu (click on cKansas 4-H Youth Development d) ? ACT: www .act.or g ?<br><br> CHECK: www .kansashomeschool.or g ? College Board (PSAT and SAT): www .collegeboard.com ? FAFSA (federal student aid): www .fafsa.ed.gov ?<br><br> Fast Web (scholarships): www .fastweb.com ? HSLDA: www .hslda.or g (click on the cHigh School d tab and also search the website for cNCAA eligibility d) ? Kansas Board of Regents: www .kansasregents.or g (click the tab for cQualified Admissions d) ?<br><br> NCAA (college athletics): www .ncaa.or g (search the FAQs for chome school eligibility d) ? NCFCA (forensics/debate): www .ncfca.or g Cheryl Reynolds is a CHECK Board member and leader of Christian Homeschoolers of the Topeka Area. She has a BA from Washburn University and an MA from Kansas State University.<br><br> The Reynolds have been homeschooling since 1998 and have recently experienced the process of getting a daughter admitted to a Regents university and qualified for NCAA athletics. With two sons still in high school, they carefully track the Kansas higher education landscape. Cheryl can be contacted at email@example.com g .<br><br> General Checklist for Future College Students 1.Concentrate on academics by pursuing a substantial course of study. Record your studies on a transcript. The HSLDA website has solid information on planning the high school years and creating a transcript.<br><br> 2.Use the references listed to keep up-to-date on new developments, particularly if you are considering a Kansas Regents school. 3.Consider joining HSLDA as they have been key in opening doors to higher education for homeschoolers. 4.Add extracurricular activities to your high school years.<br><br> Colleges like students who have broad experiences and many of these activities can lead to scholarships. Check out 4-H and NCFCA in the references. 5.Contact potential college choices early to find out their requirements.<br><br> 6.Prepare for a world that doesn 9t always recognize the Christian worldview, particularly if you will not be attending a Christian school. Attend a worldview conference, study apologetics, and look for other Christians who may be looking at the same colleges for support away from home. Find out what Christian student groups are available on campus.<br><br> 7.Look for scholarships using free websites such as Fast Web. Line up letters of reference. 8.Fill out the FAFSA 3 the form for federal student aid.<br><br> Most colleges require this to be completed during the admissions process even if you don 9t think you will qualify for grants and have decided against taking student loans. 9.Take the ACT and/or the SAT. Most schools have a preference for one or the other, but will take either.<br><br> Consider taking both as they both use different approaches. Don 9t forget the PSAT, which only counts if taken during the fall of your junior year in high school. 10.Don 9t be tempted to take a GED.<br><br> This only acknowledges that you do not believe your homeschool diploma is sufficient. Dear Parents, As many of you have heard, new Qualified Admissions (QA) rules and regulations were adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) in January. These regulations mandate changes to the way that the six state universities in Kansas admit new students.<br><br> The changes are a result of new interpretation of the QA law, which has not changed. I am writing to share some information that I hope will be helpful to you regarding the new regulations. One of the most significant changes requires home school and non-accredited high school students to pass the GED with certain scores to be admitted to the state universities.<br><br> While a minimum ACT of 2l was previously the standard, the new regulations do not allow us to admit based on that criteria. Aside from the GED, the only other way to admit such students is through the exceptions process. Each university is permitted to admit 10% of the freshman admits by exception.<br><br> The GED requirement has brought much concern to home school families and those whose children attend schools which may not have a specified accreditation. It has also been an area of concern for Wichita State University as we continue to recruit and serve these students. Staff at KBOR have received calls regarding these concerns and have indicated their support for a new approach WSU has decided to take in admission of these students.<br><br> We are pleased to announce that WSU will admit home school and non-accredited high school students who have at least a 21 on the ACT (SAT of 980) through the 10% exceptions window. There are several items of importance to note relative to this decision: The exceptions window is 10% of all freshman admits, thus the number of students we can admit by exception is directly related to the total number of freshmen we admit. As that number grows over the course of the year, the number of students we can fit in the 10% window will grow.<br><br> Any home school/non accredited high school student who applies after the 10% maximum has been reached may still be tentatively admitted if they have the minimum ACT. If space becomes available in the 10% window, they may be admitted by exception. If not, they will be required to submit qualifying GED scores for final admission.<br><br> These scores would be due no later than the end of the first semester at WSU. Thus, it may be in the best interest of such students to apply for admission early in the academic year. Whether admitted by exception or by GED, students will still be considered for WSU scholarships based on high school GPA and ACT scores.<br><br> Scholarship application instructions can be found in the Admissions application packet. Seniors who meet the minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT and are admitted by October lst will still be invited to our Distinguished Scholarship Invitational. We are working to share this information via TPA and CHECK newsletters as well as personal contacts.<br><br> If you or others you know have questions about admission to Wichita State University. Pease don't hesitate to contact us at 316-978-3085. Best wishes for a great academic year!<br><br> WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY Office of Admissions Gina Crabtree Director of Admissions Wichita State University, Wichita , Kansas 67260-0124 Telephone: (316) 978-3085 Fax: (316) 978-3174 Fort Hays State University 3 Registrar 9s Office Memo To: Cheryl Reynolds, CHECK Board Member Home School Families Students who attend non-accredited high schools From: Dr. Joey Linn, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Registrar Date: September, 2007 Re: Qualified Admissions 3 home school students 3 non-accredited high school students The purpose of this memo is to announce that Fort Hays State University will admit home school and non-accredited high school students through the qualified admissions 10% exceptions window. Priority will be given to students who have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT (SAT 980).<br><br> The exceptions window is 10% of all freshman students who are admitted to FHSU. Students will be admitted until the 10% window maximum has been reached. Because of this limit, it is very important that all students apply for admission as early as possible.<br><br> All home school/non accredited high school students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. The 2007-2008 scholarship application can be found at www.fhsu.edu/finaid . All students with a minimum ACT composite score of 21 will automatically qualify for a scholarship at FHSU.<br><br> Scholarship deadlines are available on the web site. If you have questions regarding qualified admission or if you would like to schedule a campus visit, please call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-628-FHSU or 785-628-5666. FHSU web site: www.fhsu.edu FHSU Office of Admission: www.fhsu.edu/admissions High School Student VIP Page www.fhsu.edu/admissions/vip KU Admissions and Scholarships 1502 Iowa Street Lawrence, KS 66045-7576 www.admissions.ku.edu firstname.lastname@example.org Office of Admissions and Scholarships Dear Parents, With the newly adopted Qualified Admissions (QA) rules and regulations, certain changes were mandated in the way that the six state universities in Kansas admit new students.<br><br> A significant change requires home school and non-accredited high school students to pass the GED with certain scores to be admitted without exception to the state universities. While a minimum ACT of 21 was previously the standard, the new regulations do not allow us to fully admit based on that criteria. Aside from the GED, the only other way to admit such students is through the 10% Kansas exception window.<br><br> The GED requirement has brought much concern to home school families and those whose children attend schools which may not have a specified accreditation. The University of Kansas is aware of this concern because it is important to KU to continue to recruit and serve these students. With the support from the Board of Regents, the University of Kansas is pleased to announce that KU will admit Kansas resident home school and non-accredited high school students who have at least a 21 on the ACT (SAT of 980) through the 10% exceptions window.<br><br> Students that do not have the qualifying ACT or SAT scores can take the GED and be admitted with a total score of 2550 and 510 points on each sub-test. Students must submit an application, the $30 application fee, their ACT or SAT scores, and a transcript in order to be considered for admission. KU would also like to take this opportunity to encourage your students to apply for admission and scholarships.<br><br> The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is November 1, and students who have a 3.25 unweighted and a 26 ACT (SAT of 1170) will receive a minimum scholarship offer of $1,000 if their complete application is received by November 1. A complete application includes the items listed above along with a co-curricular summary and a scholarship essay. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this process by calling (785) 864-3911 or emailing email@example.com.<br><br> We look forward to working with your students and hope they will choose to become a part of the Jayhawk family. Have a great year! Sincerely, Lisa Pinamonti Kress Lisa Beck Director Associate Director Office of Admissions and Scholarships Office of Admissions and Scholarships 107 Student Welcoming Center 1701 South Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762 620/235-4251 1-800-854-PITT fax: 620/235-6003 p firstname.lastname@example.org Pittsburg State University Office of Admission and Enrollment Services Dear Parents, The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) recently adopted new Qualified Admission (QA) rules and regulations for the implementation of K.S.A.<br><br> 76-717, the cQualified Admission d statute. As a result of new interpretations, there are mandated changes in the rules and regulations that have caused concern for home school families and families with students attending non-accredited high schools. Specifically, the new rules and regulations have changed the standard regarding use of ACT scores alone to grant admission to home school and non-accredited high schools students.<br><br> Previously, students were admitted based on an ACT score of 21 or higher; however, the new regulations require students to (1) pass the GED with certain scores, (2) seek admission through the 10% exception window or (3) have at least 24 transferable college credit hours with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Pittsburg State University seeks to make the transition to the new rules and regulations as seamless as possible for students, and with the support of the KBOR, will be implementing the following policy to provide ease in navigating the new standards: PSU will admit home school and non-accredited high school students who have at least a 21 ACT score (SAT-I score of 980) through the 10% exception window. It is important to note that each university is permitted to admit up to 10% of freshman admits.<br><br> A student with the minimum ACT score who has applied after the 10% exception window has reached its maximum will be placed on a waiting list. Should space in the 10% exception window become available the student will be admitted. Students on the waiting list or students without the minimum ACT scores will have the option to submit GED scores.<br><br> A student with a GED score of 2,550 points and a minimum score of 510 points on each subtest will be admitted without having to be placed in the 10% exception window. We appreciate this opportunity to visit with you via the CHECK newsletter and hope the policy above will make the college search process more transparent and rewarding for you and your student. If you have any questions regarding admission to Pittsburg State University please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-800-854-PITT (7488).<br><br> Sincerely, Melinda Roelfs Director of Admission