Measure Would Give Students Automatic University Admission

High-performing Illinois high school students could gain automatic acceptance to the Illinois university of their choice – as long as they plan for a certain field of study.

But as Chris Slaby reports, even the measure’s sponsor doubts it’ll happen anytime soon.

Under legislation proposed by State Senator Chapin Rose, students would have to be going into mathematics, science, or technology.

Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, said thousands of Illinois high school students go out-of-state for college each year.

He said that has a negative effect on Illinois’ economy.

ROSE: “If a student stays here in Illinois to go to college, they’re more likely to complete their working career here as well. The minute we lose them to Ohio state, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, they’re not going to come back.”

To qualify, students would need at least a 28 on their ACT, and finish high school with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Some, like Democratic Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake, are concerned those aren’t fair requirements.

BUSH: “There are also other things to consider in the best and the brightest other than just GPA. There are times where people don’t test well.”

Concerns like Bush’s led Rose to hold his proposal in a Senate committee.

Rose said he’s still committed to the concept, and he may try to put together a task force to further study the idea.

—Chris Slaby

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