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ERIC Number: EJ1154192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep-8
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Reexamining Our Approach to College Access
Pérez, Angel B.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Aug 2017
In this article Trinity College vice president for enrollment and student success, Angel Pérez addresses the nation's inability to offer consistent college preparation, academic rigor and counseling across varying socioeconomic communities. Research has highlighted the fact that standardized tests do more to keep low-income students out of top colleges than to invite them in. Yet knowing how stark the contrasts are in preparation between low- and high-income students in America, most colleges still insist on using an exam that was created in 1926 by Carl C. Brigham to "test" America's intelligence. Pérez concludes that if the U.S. is going to prepare for future challenges and regain its status on the world stage, we must rethink our approach to college access. As a nation, we either fundamentally change student preparation for college or make the admissions processes more inclusive of diverse talents and less traditional--but more predictive--measures of success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
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