Proponents of the policy say it is an affordable way to combat declining enrollment and removes a barrier for students who might otherwise not consider college. It is also a way to diversify an institution’s student body, with some schools showing an increase in minority students as well as males among admitted students.
Currently 10 states use system-level direct admissions, including Idaho, South Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, Georgia, Indiana and Wisconsin. The majority of the colleges and universities implementing direct admissions are a state’s regional institutions and are not highly selective. The flagship colleges and a few other more competitive satellite campuses currently have not opted in to the program, but that could change in the future.
For more information, see Inside Higher Ed’s article.