Regents will look at home-school students’ early admissions to state universities

Jack Warner recommends that the state Board of Regents convene a working group to consider a new situation: When can home-schooled students be granted admission to South Dakota’s public universities? Warner, the regents’ executive director, has put the matter on the board’s agenda for its meeting next week at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. At issue is how to handle admission applications from home-schooled students who present information that they have graduated high school but they are younger than age 18 and their classes haven’t graduated yet. Warner recommends that a working group review policies used in other states. An admissions officer for one of the state universities contacted Warner recently because several 15- and 16-year-old students sought admission as degree-seeking students. They were denied because their transcripts didn’t show they had completed the requirements such as four years of English, three years of advanced mathematics, three years of laboratory science, three years of social studies and one year of fine arts. The board’s committee on academic and student affairs will take up the matter as part of its agenda starting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in room 210 of the BHSU student union. The full board could consider creation of the working group when the main meeting resumes Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room.

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About Bob Mercer

Bob Mercer is a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News and four other separately owned newspapers: the Black Hills Pioneer, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Watertown Public Opinion. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish and Pierre papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the five papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

2 thoughts on “Regents will look at home-school students’ early admissions to state universities

  1. polly politic

    I wonder if these 15 and 16 year olds would have had to take remedial math and English??! Maybe instead of so many years of this and that there should be an exam at the end of high school to prove the kids know what they are supposed to know to get that diploma. This makes more sense than how many years a kid takes up space in a desk in a classroom.

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