SFU lowers application requirements
As of fall 2009, Simon Fraser University will lower their application requirements. “SFU no longer requires students to write optional provincial exams.” This means that students are only required to do the English 12 provincial exam, while other grade 12 provincials will remain optional. This is a win win situation for the students because if they were to do worse on the exam, they can keep their class mark but if they do exceedingly well, they will get the higher mark.
I find this very unfair because when I graduated in the year 2007, provincials were mandatory and if I did not write the provincial, it would not go towards my university requirement. Although this may be unfair to those who graduated beforehand, this might give these students an upper hand in terms of doing better in class. In University, students are not given a choice of whether they want to do the exam or not. So by getting accustomed to having exams routinely, this can prepare them better for what is to come in University.
By lowering the requirements for University, it can be a door opener for those who never thought of going to University. Studies show that provincials do not necessarily reflect success in University, therefore students that did not do quite as well in high school may potentially discover that they are geniuses. However, this may become a disaster at SFU’s Burnaby campus, for it will be over flooded with many more students than prior years. This will mean bus times will be delayed EVEN further and the AQ will be EVEN more crowded, causing huge traffic jams between class hours.
WWSFUD next year?
Unknown. (July 8, 2008). SFU eases application requirements. CBCNews. Retrieved March 11, 2009, from http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/07/08/bc-sfu-entrance-requirements.html