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NC Central students told to aim for better grades

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DURHAM, NC (AP) -- An increase in academic standards at North
Carolina Central University in Durham has put 500 students in
danger of failing out of school.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reports the university has
increased its minimum standards for overall grade point average
from 1.7 to 1.9.

University officials say many of the students in danger of
failing are freshman and sophomores.

The move is part of a series of policy changes the university is
making to shore up its academic standards. School leaders say they
hope to improve graduation rates and raise the intellectual climate
on campus.

The minimum GPA will rise again next fall to 2.0.

The university has about 6,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate
students enrolled this year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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