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March 2007

Sherman College to raise GPA requirement

Effective spring quarter 2008, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic will raise its entering grade point average (GPA) requirement (currently 2.5 on a 4.0 scale) by one-tenth of a point each year, until the entering GPA reaches 3.0 in 2012.

The college’s board of trustees approved the policy in early March.

The proposal to increase the entering GPA requirement was initiated from faculty recommendations and from several discussions in meetings of the college’s Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness Committees. The increased admission standards were also discussed extensively with student representatives, academic deans, and the enrollment services office, and they reflect the rising qualifications needed for students to be academically successful at Sherman. The first incremental increase in spring 2008 will bring the required entering GPA to 2.6.

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) currently requires a minimum entrance GPA of 2.5 for students enrolling in all chiropractic colleges.

Vice President for Enrollment Services Robert Irwin, D.C., doesn’t expect the revised policy to cause any changes in enrollment trends, since most Sherman students exceed a 2.6 entering GPA. By giving a year’s notice to students preparing for admission, the college does not expect the change to be a hardship on any qualified candidates. “We want to ensure the best possible fit between Sherman College and its students,” Irwin says. “Aligning admission requirements with the high academic standards already in place at Sherman just makes sense.”

Source: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, www.sherman.edu

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