Mon., April 26, 2010 2:57pm (EDT)

Ga. Highlands College Exempt from Regents Test
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Students at Georgia Highlands College won’t have to take the Regents exam anymore. It’s the first two year college to do away with the mandated reading and writing exam.

In 1972 the Board of Regents every college student in the University System of Georgia take the Regents exam in order to graduate. It’s to ensure they have basic reading and writing skills.

But the Board has exempted some institutions from administering the test over the years if colleges can show their students meet the bar without it . They are the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University.

Now add Georgia Highlands College to the list. Spokesperson Dana Davis says that means less testing for its some 5,000 students, but also that the college has got it together.

"It was a very complicated application process and there was a review board to assess whether we could actually do this and whether we were assessing our students well enough to do so," says Davis. "So it was great for us that we got it and I think it shows we really are on top of our game."

The college says not having to administer the test will save them money… an incentive for the larger universities to do away with it first.