It's a little scary because, if one state is like this, what is going to prevent more of them from tightening up in the future? Any state university system could start doing this, as it doesn't affect the actual homeschooling law in the state.
Now homeschooling is mostly seen as a viable alternative. But in 20-30 years, could the tide turn again and having a mom diploma be a handicap for more adults. I suppose some court cases could follow if it did, but that doesn't change the prejudice.
Most professional jobs could care less where you went to high school if you have a college degree, but with so many students not finishing their degrees for one reason or another, and with the future of the viability of higher education being uncertain for many students, I do see it is something to consider.
Oo! Fun! I am just using this as a general "thought experiment", and not at all trying to be personal or mean or argue against you Penelope.
Just my opinion: I really don't see this happening:
1. The trend has been for increasing the legality and overall social acceptance of homeschooling as an educational option, and simultaneous with that has been the trend that universities are increasingly removing previous barriers to make applying more accessible to homeschoolers.
2. Universities use standardized test scores (ACT/SAT), and other outside-the-homeschool validations (SAT Subject test scores, courses taken through reputable online course providers), as well as documentation of advanced level of work (AP test scores, CLEP test credits, dual enrollment GPA), in making decisions about admissions, and to feel confident that those homeschool applicants they admit will succeed.
3. Homeschoolers with high ACT/SAT scores are "low-hanging fruit" for universities to pick and increase their school's statistics. Happy dance for universities.
4. Due to declining birth rates in the U.S., in 20-30 years -- even in 15 years -- the population of college-age students may have dropped to the point where colleges are going to be hungry for student tuition. If that trend continues, by that time it will be a buyer's market, with many sellers of college education, and fewer buyers in the form of students. I have a hard time picturing colleges making it more difficult for themselves to make a grab for the smaller overall amount of money available to them through reduced amount of college-age students.
5. If homeschooling continues at the current rates, even though not all families homeschool through high school and graduation, it would not be at ALL unreasonable to guess there have been 1 million homeschool graduates in the past 20 years, and another 1 million in the next 20 years. Two million working-age adults, most of whom who do not have "state-issued diplomas" or GED/TASC, and got into college just fine, and are *ahem* donating alumni, are not likely to encourage their alma maters to suddenly change course on accepting homeschoolers without good cause.
What will all the various educational options that have come about in the past decade or two, I think it's far more likely that universities will just increasingly rely on standardized test scores to have some way of measuring students with a similar yardstick, when students are being educated so diversely.
I really do think there would have to be some drastic reason to prompt such a move as to go *backwards* in accepting homeschooling. The only reason I can think of is a big decline in the effectiveness of homeschooling -- for example, a large part of the population just decides to keep their children home from home and "say they are homeschooling" while not really educating them. If that were the case, then it is more likely that there would be a move towards more oversight over home education by states, or possibly the federal government.
Just my 2 cents worth!
Edited by Lori D., 21 March 2017 - 03:54 PM.