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Hastings College makes changes to admissions, classroom settings

Published: Jul. 25, 2020 at 5:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) -This year the classes at Hastings College will be very different with health precautions in place. For next year, the admissions process will now exclude the need for the ACT and SAT scores.

Hastings College felt that since the tests have been cancelled or changed they will not require them for admissions and scholarships. They will focus on GPA instead.

“What national research tells us is high school GPA is a much stronger predictor of college success than actually ACT and SAT so what we’re looking for is that students have really figured it out in the classroom,” said Susan Meeske, Executive Vice President of Enrollment and Student Experience.

Even after the pandemic they will consider continuing with the policy. As for this year, the freshmen will be having a different Hastings College experience. Students and staff will be required to wear masks while in any public area on campus. Classes will also be spread out in rooms they may not normally be in.

“We have that block scheduling so you’re only taking two classes at a time,” Meeske said. “Every student has an iPad so that if I need to flex out the classroom if I feel like I am having symptoms then I can stay in my residence hall room and still get that same learning experience.”

Last year the new block scheduling went into place that would allow sophomores to travel abroad for two weeks. With international travel restricted, Hastings College has changed that program as well.

“We’ve actually moved that into the junior year. so we will have a whole year to figure out how COVID has settled down. Hopefully there is a vaccine by that time and everybody feels safe,” Meekse said.

She also said many are wondering about sports and they are taking guidance on that from the national level.

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