BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to toughen academic requirements for students in the TOPS college tuition program isn't being suggested by the Board of Regents.

The higher education board decided Friday to delete the proposed change from a set of recommendations going to the Louisiana Legislature for consideration.

Regents' staff in January recommended increasing the yearly academic credit requirements to 30 hours, up from 24 now, for those who get TOPS awards. Supporters said the change would improve chances for students to graduate in four years.

But Charles McDonald, a member of the board and a former state lawmaker, pushed to remove the change from the 52-page study.

The Advocate reports McDonald and others said the idea needs more study. The Board of Regents adopted the report without the TOPS revision proposal.

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