by Max Brantley
I don't know about you, but I found this interesting.
It's a report compiled by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, by college campus, on students who received Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships in the 2010-2011 school year. This is the scholarship program funded mostly by the Arkansas Lottery.
The results on the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, which is the biggest campus and which has had the strongest entrance standards, reminded me of my own college performance. Past performance in high school is not always an indicator of future college results.
At UAF, 3,521, or 65 percent, met standards for renewal and posted a gradepoint average of 3.28. Another 804 completed their academic courses. But 1,058, or almost 20 percent (about the statewide four-year-college average), were not renewed. This doesn't necessarily mean that they failed to meet standards; they could have chosen not to seek renewal or enrolled for less than the minimum hours. But many fell short on performance, with a 2.5 GPA one of the requirements. The non-renewed group at UAF, which entered college with an average 3.29 GPA and average 23.66 ACT score, compiled a 2.15 college GPA. The Gentleman's C we called it in my day.
Find your school on the list. Private schools are included, too. The variations are not quite as dramatic as you might guess. You'll find the statewide summary at the bottom of the file. Also below: