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ND board debates plan to improve graduation rates

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Board of Higher Education members are wrestling with complaints from college administrators over a plan to improve graduation rates and retention.

The Pathways to Student Success plan is scheduled to be fully implemented in 2015. It includes a proposed admissions index based upon a combination of high school grade point average, core courses and the ACT college entrance exam scores.

University system interim chancellor Larry Skogen said during a special meeting Friday that while presidents agree with the board on its goals, the board should not be in the business of setting ACT or GPA minimums.

Board member Grant Shaft told the group he might be OK with sending the plan back to the campuses but would like the evaluation to include views from independent sources.