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The Connecticut State University System plans to toughen it’s admissions standards in the coming years. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

Students applying to Central, Eastern, Western and Southern CT State Universities have always had to take four years of high school English, but now one year will have to focus on writing. Mathematics requirements will increase from 3 to 4 years; there will also be new requirements in science and foreign languages.

Louise Feroe is senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

"Students coming into our system who have not had these admissions requirements typically end up needing remediation in English, mathematics or sometimes both. And so we wanted to be clear. We wanted to let students understand what they have to do in high school in order to succeed in college."

University staff plans to visit middle and high schools to talk with kids about the changes, which take effect in 2015. The CT State University system serves more than 36,000 students – 90% of whom are from CT.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.