The Student Government Senate voted Wednesday to urge higher admission requirements and to purchase six microwaves for students to use on campus.
The Senate passed a resolution urging the Chancellor’s Office to raise the University’s admission requirements.
UCFY Senator Brian Rees, the resolution’s sponsor, said the standards need to be raised because the University is in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference’s freshman retention rates as well as ACT and SAT scores of the middle 50 percent of enrolled students.
Rees said freshman retention improved by more than 15 percent when the University instituted test score requirements for admission for the first time in 1987.
Thomas Rodgers, director of SG Academic Affairs, said ACT and SAT scores are correlated with retention rates. Requiring higher scores for entry could help improve retention, he said.
Admission requirements were last raised two years ago, Rodgers said. The bill’s sponsor, College of Science Senator and Committee on Student Auxiliaries and Services Chair Trey Schwartzenburg, said six Avanti microwaves will be purchased for $119 each. They will be located in the Student Union, Middleton Library and other common areas.
Schwartzenburg said six microwaves are currently on campus. Two of the new microwaves will replace existing ones in the Dairy Store and the Chick-N-Grill near Patrick F. Taylor Hall, he said.