Albany State University Audit Reveals Problems with Admissions

Albany State University, one of the colleges not arbitrarily merged with another nearby institution, does not win the gold-star of excellence this week. A recent audit revealed that several hundred freshmen were admitted to the university without having appropriate credentials.

I think Albany State is a good school; I’ve got a couple of friends who are graduates. (And let me take this time to direct your attention to one of the better political blogs in this state written by an ASU alum.) I’m sure they will rebound from this and they appear to already be working on addressing many of the issues the audit discovered.

But I can’t help but wonder what is going on at other schools across the state. It seems like threshold test-scores are something easy to keep track of. Little Jimmy either had a high enough verbal or he didn’t. I noticed a few days ago that transcript fees at the University of Georgia were increasing substantially, in part because of the need of new software for the Registar’s office.

Both subjects, while remote, are related in the sense that they involve data and, to a degree, technology. Which begs the question; are our universities and colleges behind the times on data entry and management?


  1. slyram says:

    Thanks Ron… I just finished Clarence Thomas’s book, late I know, and measuring expectations was the topic of discussion in the church parking lot this Sunday. I am ASU and the other two fellows are older FAMU and Morehouse grads. It doesn’t look good (optics) that 300 or so students enter the college without meeting U.S.G. standards.

  2. slyram says:

    When I went there in 1984 from Darton College and passing on my slot at UGA, I was told that a school should be measured by “products out” rather than “raw talent in” because many rural school systems didn’t prep the Black child for college when crops and brooms should have been their future. That’s hogwash. Of course, I would have had a better education if I took the slot at Morehouse in 1982, UGA in 1984 or stayed in grad school at U of Florida in 1987. But, I did discover at my small rural Black college that rural Black folks learn invaluable things from facing adversity as kids; things that aren’t taught in books and lectures.

    My concern moving forward is that today’s soft playstation youth don’t have the same substance and that hip hop’s glorification of thug life is reversing past gains (in some ways, justifying future discrimination.) I tell you what: Clarence Thomas, in my opinion, is therefore one of the five most important Black men in America and the lessons from his south Georgia grandfather should be the cornerstone in the new Black foundation.

    Go Newt

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