Meeting today in Crescent City offers chance to comment on plan

Freshmen and transfer students may soon face more strenuous requirements for Humboldt State University's higher-demand programs.

University officials will visit College of the Redwoods' Del Norte campus today to seek public comment on its plan to implement more selective admissions requirements for applicants planning to enroll in the fall 2014 semester.

The public hearing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the local campus, 833 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City.

The changes would affect freshmen and transfer students in HSU's biology, botany, wildlife and zoology programs, as well as transfer students in the university's environmental resources engineering program, according to a university press release.

Each of the programs is expected to be at or above capacity in the fall 2013 semester, according to the university. HSU's wildlife program would be impacted for freshman students. Also impacted would be upper division applicants for majors in biology, botany, zoology, environmental

resources engineering and wildlife.

"I encourage people with an interest in this to attend the hearings and tell us what you think, or to submit comments on the website," said Peg Blake, HSU's vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs in a written statement. "We want to continue to be responsive to the educational needs and aspirations of the people in Northern California."

At the public hearings, participants will be able to get information from HSU admissions staff, ask questions and share feedback. Comments may also be submitted online at The deadline to comment is March 15.

A second public hearing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at College of the Redwoods' main campus, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka.

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