Colleges under fire for admission changes

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two of New Mexico’s largest universities are under fire from Latino civil rights groups for trying to raise admission standards.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and LULAC spoke out Friday saying the school’s plans could lower Hispanic student enrollment.

NMSU wants to raise the qualifying GPA from 2.5 to 2.75 starting fall 2016.

Officials say the move would improve graduation rates and strengthen the NMSU brand.

The University of New Mexico has made similar changes.

It raised its minimum GPA gradually over the last few years.

UNM officials say the change enhances their ability to market the school.

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