It seems like yesterday that the THSC Watchmen were lobbying legislators during the 2015 Texas legislature to pass Senate bill 1543 ending discrimination against home school graduates in Texas public college and university admissions. SB 1543, the Equal College Opportunity Act, stopped schools from assigning home schoolers a default below average class rank and then requiring the students to score higher on SAT/ACT tests to compensate for the low class rank.
Advocating for Home School Graduates Now:
Recently, THSC was contacted regarding the admission policy for home school applicants at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. The admissions page of the university’s website listed admissions requirements that failed to match SB 1543.
THSC quickly responded with a letter to the SFA Office of Admissions, copying executive and legislative officials. THSC outlined the incorrect home school graduate admission policy informing SFA that their policy was in violation of the Texas Education Code following the passage of SB 1543 and urged SFA to update their policy to comply with the new state law.
How SFA Responded to THSC’s Letter:
Within days of receiving the letter, Monique Cossich, Executive Director of Enrollment Management in the Office of Admissions at SFA, called the THSC customer service team requesting to speak to someone in the policy department. Soon, a conference call was set up between THSC and SFA to discuss home school admission policies.
Cossich informed THSC’s policy department that after reviewing policy within the office, they were in fact treating home school graduates equally with all other applicants. However, they had been unaware, until our letter, that their website was not up to date. They then asked THSC for input on the best language to include in the admissions page update.
After updating the webpage, SFA sent a response letter to THSC to thank us for bringing the concerns to their attention. They also informed us that the website was updated and that training was done for admissions staff regarding home school applicants.
Over the years THSC has worked with dozens of colleges on home schooling issues. The swift, efficient, and courteous response received from SFA clearly demonstrates the value they place on home school applicants. THSC commends SFA for their quick action ensuring proper admissions for home school graduates.
How You Can Help Maintain Quick Attention to Home School Policies:
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