Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daily Discussion: A cure for senioritis?


Channel 4 ran a story last night about a new tactic being employed by the TCU admissions department to curb incoming students from slacking off in their final semester of high school.  If a prospective students' final transcript shows a sharp decline in quality after they were accepted to TCU, they are now being asked to explain themselves.  In some cases, their admission can be rescinded.

 What do you think- is this a noble move by TCU to insure that students arrive on campus with the correct mindset for academic achievement, or is this a scheme to improve incoming students' GPA so that the admissions department folks can be asked to speak at the next conference they attend?  Is senioritis a problem that extends into a student's time in college, or is it a relaxed victory lap that kids deserve before heading off to face the next challenge in their young lives?



32 comments:

BuckNasty said...

pretty fucking stupid if you ask me.

Cro-magnon Frog said...

I think it more or less boils down to what they consider a "steep decline"

I had a buddy who had his acceptance into princeton taken away fro the same reason. But he went from A's to D's in a semester because he just quit trying.

To bring it around to football, would Patterson be happy if his players had "wrapped up" a game heading into the 4th quarter and decided they could just half ass it to finish the game up? fuck no.

Cro-magnon Frog said...

All that said. I think it's a non story and pretty stupid for a news station to run a story on it.

LENEtown Fizzle said...

tcu now has the ability to become pretty selective,

Ryan Bartlett said...

This isn't new. They've rescinded admission before, and they tell you in your acceptance letter that they expect you to have relatively similar grades to the ones you submitted.

Tanner said...

i would of crapped my pants if i got this in the mail. and what even would qualify as a valid excuse? the cliche senioritis and partying too hard excuse probably won't fly with tcu admissions who literally have people willing to work hard all of the time lining up out the door to take their spots.

Kinda ballsy, but im glad weve found a way to keep riff raff like myself out of tcu.

SnK said...

I might have been fucked, or just lied my ass off on that explanation letter.

Lyle Lanley said...

I would've briefly explained that I had mono and that I needed to take a nap.

LOLfolding said...

I'm with Cro-magnon on this - must've been a really slow news day.

Also, this is not new. I got this same letter almost 10 years ago. I don't remember what I said in my response, but I'm sure it was heartfelt and sincere...

Rex Kramer said...

Kind of ridiculous to think about being an 18 year old and getting that letter, but understandable considering how selective we can be now. I love it now...would have hated it if I got one of those when I was 18. That's what a decade of "maturity" will give you...

Candy said...

I am a high school counselor - it is nice to see an actual example of this - schools warn seniors of this all time, but now I have something concrete to show them. I can use this to continue my endeavor of steering great Colorado kids to TCU.

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

Sounds like something Baylor would do....Hate to say it but after that orientation song fiasco and this letter, we are looking more like those bears...I hope im wrong

SBP10 said...

Sound like something Baylor would do? That's the stupidist comment I've read. We should rejoyce at every action we take to make TCU a better and most prestigeous university.

As for the orientation song, Baylor wouldn't have allowed something as gay to be performed in Waco, so I really don't get your comparison to that lowly institution.

SnK said...

Baylor has allowed things as gay as that to happen in Waco. Much gayer actually. YouTube.

BuckNasty said...

"Baylor wouldn't have allowed something as gay to be performed in Waco"
-That's the dumbest comment I've read. I bet Raymond Brown was a Pi Kap.

SBP10 said...

I guess you don't read much BuckNasty. Ray Brown was not a PiKapp, but I'm sure you were in a great fraternity... let me know how that has helped you after college.

My point with Baylor is that we're not trying to be anything like them. I don't want us categorized with the ignorant people of Baylor.If we have a gay orientation video, who cares? We're TCU and we do what we want

BuckNasty said...

Sorry, I didn't do my background check on Ray Brown, douche. I think you're taking mine, and supersweets, comments a little too serious.

Hot 'n Spicy HornedFrog said...

I completely agree with TCU. If you can't cheat your way to decent grades in high school, you should just stay home. Or go to baylor

WWHD (What Would Hughes Do) said...

TCU is about to be a nerd school – I give the Aardvark one more football season before they start serving lattes to satisfy the palates of our new west coast student body

SBP10 said...

It's really sad to see alumni speak of TCU this way. It's such a terrible thing that we're becoming a leading university in academics and athletics. I sure wish we were back in the good ol' southwest conference days were we achieved so much; especially after the 50s.

LENEtown Fizzle said...

same assholes everywhere

SnK said...

Nerdy school suck at football. Ask Rice. I wanna go straight gangsta.

BuckNasty said...

Its really sad that alumni want us to have gay orientation videos. The gameday talent is going to go so downhill.

halfmanhalffrog said...

Nerdy school? There is a difference between smart and nerdy. Kids that are smart can still enjoy getting shit faced at the Vark.

SnK said...

I think some are taking this a little too seriously. It's a joke.

BuckNasty said...
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BuckNasty said...

we're turning into a bunch of nerds that can't take sarcasm.

BuckNasty said...

the orientation video is pretty gay though, that wasn't sarcasm.

SnK said...

You know what's gay? Jerry Sandusky! Right?!?!?

BuckNasty said...

So, Joe Paterno doesn't walk into a police station.....

SnK said...

I hear Paterno refused to testify...

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

I heard we lost out on several recruits because of that video