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Celebrating the Filipino American Students Who Fought the SAT/ACT to Make Higher Ed More Diverse
Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Island Heritage Month is over. But we must not forget to celebrate the emergence of some important history makers in May.
June 2, 2021
ETS Webinar Analyzes Current Standardized Testing Model
Though many colleges and universities have shifted towards test optional admissions, the debate around using standardized testing to measure students’ academic abilities remains. In an effort to reevaluate current assessment models, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) hosted a webinar series on Tuesday titled, “A Different Kind of Thinking.” The two-day convening provides higher education scholars and students the opportunity to share their research and own experiences around standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
April 20, 2021
The ACT Now Endorses Superscoring. Is It Equitable? ACT Research Says Yes, Others Remain Skeptical
Going forward, the ACT says it will provide an automatically calculated superscore to all students who have taken its standardized test more than once. The nonprofit cites its own research that has determined superscoring to be the best predictor for how students will perform in college.
April 7, 2021
Why is San Francisco De-Magnetizing Its Public School Jewel?
So how do we solve the inequities in admission? We need more thoughtful solutions that may have to go beyond education and address segregated housing, income inequality, employment, and family needs.
February 16, 2021
LSU Experiences Record Enrollment Despite COVID-19
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment at Louisiana State University (LSU) has reached an all-time high for the fall semester, according to The Associated Press. In fact, more than 34,000 students are taking courses via in-person or online through the Baton Rouge campus. The flagship university also broke records for the third-straight year with its freshmen […]
September 29, 2020
Taking a Holistic Approach to College Admissions
If traditional standardized tests are not an objective measure of academic potential, admissions officers must seek other measures. But beyond transcripts, recommendations, and essays, how can they consider a student from another country and evaluate whether they would be a good fit for a particular campus?
August 11, 2020
National Association of Basketball Coaches Wants SAT/ACT Nixed for Student-Athletes
The National Association of Basketball Coaches wants to eliminate SAT/ACT eligibility requirements for college athletes saying they are “longstanding forces of institutional racism.” The proposal originated from the association’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation, which was formed last month to address issues related to racism and injustice in college athletics. The committee “believes that the SAT and ACT […]
July 16, 2020
Harvard Drops SAT/ACT Requirement for Fall 2021 Applicants
Citing the upending of schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvard University on Monday said it will drop the requirement of standardized exams, such as the SAT or ACT, for fall 2021 applicants, making the submission of these test scores optional. “We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created insurmountable challenges in scheduling tests for […]
June 16, 2020
In a Move to Promote Equity, U of California to End the Use of SAT/ACT
After a six-hour debate, the University of California’s (UC) regents on Thursday voted to scrap the SAT/ACT standardized exam requirement for undergraduate admission by phasing it out through 2024 and completely eliminating it for California students by 2025, reported the Los Angeles Times and The Mercury News. UC has been debating the use of SAT/ACT […]
May 21, 2020
U of California System President Recommends Suspending SAT/ACT Until 2024
The University of California (UC) system president Janet Napolitano has recommended the suspension of standardized exams, such as the SAT/ACT, as a requirement for admissions until 2024. In an ‘action item’ memo to members of the university’s board, Napolitano further recommends the institution creates a new test “that better aligns with the content UC expects […]
May 12, 2020
Dr. Angel Pérez Named CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) on Monday named Dr. Angel B. Pérez the next chief executive officer of the organization. Pérez succeeds Dr. Joyce E. Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as the association’s deputy executive director, executive director and CEO, said NACAC, in a statement. Pérez is currently […]
May 5, 2020
Due to Pandemic, Cornell Suspends ACT/SAT Requirement for 2021 Applicants
Due to the cancellation of standardized tests because of the pandemic, Cornell University has suspended ACT/SAT exam requirements for students seeking to enroll at the institution beginning in August 2021. The suspension of test requirements also applies to early decision and regular decision rounds of review, Cornell said. In a statement on its website, Cornell […]
April 24, 2020
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