BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Board of Regents has updated its policy to expand college admission pathways for students seeking higher education.

“This policy expansion provides more opportunities for students to enter and complete college at every level without lowering standards,” said Regents Chair Collis Temple, III. “Increased prosperity happens when we ensure every student has access to a credential of value, no matter what their aspiration because the jobs of today and tomorrow require more than just a high school diploma.”

The new policy is part of supporting the state’s strategy to double the number of degrees/credentials awarded annually by the year 2030, according to the Board of Regents. Another update to the policy is a new admissions category for HBCUs.

The Board of Regents shares its new guidelines:

Courtesy of Louisiana Board of Regents

“We are proud to adopt this first-in-the-nation approach to expanding college admission opportunities,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed. “As we advance the practice of blurring the lines between high school and college for students, it makes sense to acknowledge successful completion of advanced coursework in college admission decisions.”

The Board of Regents said the updated policy will take effect in Fall 2023. For more admissions information, visit laregents.edu/admissions.