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Raise bar for UNM scholarship recipients

As a member of the University of New Mexico alumni community, I was highly impressed by your Sunday editorial regarding the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship and its application to the University of New Mexico admissions policy.

During the five years – 1983 through 1988 – that I enjoyed the educational and financial offerings of this institution of higher education, I felt that the school, as well as its students, was being cheated by the lowering of its standards in accommodating ill-prepared freshmen with considerations for admission.

Colleges and universities should not be the venues for remedial education. Those levels should have been reached well in advance of post-secondary education.

I am in full concurrence with your editorial because I was 48 years of age when I became a UNM student; 53 years of age upon graduation; and 57 years of age when most of my formal education was completed.

Despite health and economic setbacks, in addition to the wide gap between high-school graduation and college entrance, I persevered.

It is my sincere belief that raising scholastic standards is not discriminatory or unfair, in light of technological demands for greater proficiency in all areas of work, particularly scientific, health care, broadcasting, education and manufacturing – to name just a few.

It took hard work, determination, and perseverance for me to achieve success in my educational pursuits.

I believe that today’s students can do likewise if they devote themselves to the task of scholarly achievements.

Please raise the standards and require a 3.0 or more GPA for lottery scholarship awards.

This matter is not about a “white code” for selecting the best students; it is about students preparing themselves to meet the prerequisites for a quality education, and schools ensuring that they are teaching at the highest academic levels.

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