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UNCThree UNC system schools will now be able to admit students with lower SAT scores if their grade point average (GPA) is higher than required. The three year pilot program, approved by the UNC Board of Governors on Friday, will allow North Carolina Central, Elizabeth City State and Fayetteville State Universities to admit students on a sliding scale where the lowest admissions requirement would be an SAT score of 750 and a GPA of 3.0.

The schools selected for the program are all historically black colleges and all suffered enrollment declines when the UNC system raised minimum SAT (and GPA) requirements from 700 to 750 in 2011 and then again to 800 in 2013.

According to data released earlier this month by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, African American high school seniors scored lower on the SATs than any other race. This is consistent with African American students performance on the SATs for the past twenty years. Yet, historically black colleges tend to always require SAT scores whereas many predominately white universities have made it optional.

One factor that can affect SAT scores is a family’s economic status. Read More

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Young voters were a key constituent group in the 2008 presidential election, and they may yet play a key role in not just the presidential race, but also in state and local elections.

To protect the right to vote, students from Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College and N.C. State will speak out at the General Assembly today at 1 pm against voter suppression through stringent Voter ID laws.

Meanwhile, a separate effort by The Student Engagement and Empowerment Network (SEEN), a network of historically Black colleges and universities in North Carolina, aims to draw out young voters during the early voting period leading up to election day on May 8.

For this campaign, SEEN is partnering with N.C. spoken word and hip hop artists to produce videos and performances, engaging the youth in awareness of and participation in the state and local politics.

Check out this video featuring spoken artist Poet.She:

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Click here for more information on SEEN’s efforts.