Report: Chicago State let failing students stay

July 26, 2011

The Associated Press

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Underachieving Chicago State University students are allowed to keep attending school.

A published report says Chicago State University allowed failing students to continue registering for classes while it was at risk of losing accreditation because of poor enrollment and retention figures.

The college has a policy saying students with a grade-point average below 1.8 are dismissed. But the Chicago Tribune reports that students with GPAs as low as 0.0 were allowed to stay to boost enrollment.

The newspaper cites records it obtained. 

CSU president Wayne Watson acknowledges the university made a mistake. He says the practice started before he came to the university in 2009 and continued without his knowledge. He says it's ended. 

About 7,200 students are enrolled at the public university on the city's South Side. 

The school has faced widespread financial mismanagement and a failure to graduate students.