Stephen Laumakis, director of the University of St. Thomas’ Aquinas Scholars Honors program, explains why a 3.5 GPA won’t be enough for inclusion in the program this fall. The required minimum will rise to a 3.6, and he said his goal is to raise it to 3.7 within three years.
“The average student is creeping up, so they’re all qualified to be honors students, and that’s why I needed to get a little separation. … We’re trying to make being an honors student more prestigious, and raising the GPA will do that.”
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.