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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The head of Wayne State University wants to make it tougher to be admitted into the school.

University President Allan Gilmour wants to raise admission standards by proposing that some applicants pass an eight-week summer program before becoming a full-fledged student.

As WWJ’s Vickie Thomas reports, there’s some concern that Wayne State will have fewer minority students in the classroom if Gilmour gets his way. But, Gilmour says that’s not his intention.

Gilmour told the Detroit Free Press that his plan would create three groups of applicants: those accepted, those who need to complete a summer refresher program first, and those who will be counseled to attend a community college or trade school or even to join the military.

Gilmour said some freshmen would be required to have a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in a summer program before being accepted for the fall. Tuition and housing would be free. His plan needs approval from Wayne State’s governing board and wouldn’t start until 2013.

Gilmore said it’s not fair to admit students who are not prepared for success, which is also hurting the university’s graduation rate.

Critics say the change, if approved by the school’s Board of Governors, would negatively impact applicants from Detroit Public Schools.

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