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Idaho Direct Enrollment Program Automatically Admits High School Seniors to Public Colleges

Earlier this year, the University of Idaho’s president, Chuck Staben, wondered what would happen if he applied to his own university. So he gave it a shot.

The web portal could be a lot better, he discovered. But that’s a relatively easy fix. More importantly, he came away thinking, why did I have to apply at all?

Now, even if he didn’t already run the place, he wouldn’t have to. Beginning this year, prodded by a proposal from Staben stemming from his experiment, the state of Idaho is automatically admitting all its public high school seniors to college. One of two letters went out last week, notifying all 20,171 graduating seniors that they were welcome to attend some or, depending on their academic performance, any of the state’s public colleges and universities.