Colleges enforcing academic standards
More universities in China are raising academic requirements, with students who perform poorly facing delays in graduation or a downgrading of degrees. Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, downgraded 18 students from a bachelor’s degree to an associate degree because they fell short of the school’s academic standards. According to a regulation issued by the university last year, undergraduate students who don’t meet the requirements are given a warning. After two warnings, they are transferred to an associate-level school. At most universities in China, students who don’t achieve enough credits are given a final chance to take the exams they failed, which are usually easier than the previous ones.