(November 3, 2003) - (Fayetteville-AP) -- The board that oversees the University of Arkansas System could vote this month to loosen academic standards for athletes and other students who bring transfer credits from junior colleges. The students would be able to enroll at universities in the system with six hours of 'D's. Board of Trustees chairman William "Bill" Clark says the proposal will likely pass. University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg said athletics is "the motivation" for loosening the current standard. Arkansas is among four of the 12 Southeastern Conference schools that require transferring students to have 'C's or better to have their credits transfer. Coaches have complained that the higher standard hurts athletic competitiveness.