Amid reports that all 25,000 candidates failed the University of Liberia 2013 Entrance and Placement Examinations administered recently, the UL Faculty Senate has recommended for admission 1,626 candidates, who scored either at least 40% in Mathematics or 50% in English, respectively, below the earlier benchmarks of 50% and 70% for the Undergraduate program.
According to a press statement read on Wednesday by the Vice President for University Relations Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, in the conference room at the UL main Campus on Capitol, the University Senate also recommended 25 candidates for admission to the College of General Studies, 93 candidates in the six Graduate programs, 37 candidates in the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and 24 candidates in the School of Pharmacy, respectively for Academic 2013/2014.
Other members of the UL Faculty, who attended the press conference include Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr Weade Brownell, Dr. Jonathan Taylor, Head of the Graduate Program; Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, Jr., Professor Ansu Sonii, and Professor Wilson Tarpeh, among others.
However, Dr. Getaweh said 47 candidates made a successful pass of 70% and above in the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, adding that the Faculty Senate met in two separate sessions on August 14 and 20, respectively and deliberated on the outcomes of the examinations.
He said the recommendations of the Faculty Senate have been endorsed by the University on the following provisions, that candidates entering the Undergraduate Program will be required to take two transitional courses in English and Mathematics for six hours weekly without academic credit, including an additional three credit hour course to be determined by their respective colleges.
“The students MUST pass the transitional courses within two semesters, if they wish to continue at the University”, he emphasized.
The Vice President for UL Relations added that upon admission to the University, the rules governing poor academic performance shall apply, and that the final decision for admission to the Graduate Programs, Law School, School of Pharmacy and Medical School, respectively shall be made following the fulfillment of other criteria set out by the Admission Committees of the respective programs and colleges.
Meanwhile, the UL administration said the names of the successful candidates in all programs will be published shortly in the UL Campus Review Newsletter.