ERIC Number: EJ784070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Test-Optional Admission at a Liberal Arts College: A Founding Mission Affirmed
Shanley, Brian J.
Harvard Educational Review, v77 n4 p429-434 Win 2007
In this essay, Father Brian J. Shanley discusses Providence College's pilot program to eliminate standardized test scores from the required components of an admission application. Building on the college's ninety-year history of opening the doors of higher education to underrepresented populations, Providence College's test-optional policy is designed to ensure that students with strong academic preparation are not excluded from matriculating because of poor test performance. Shanley provides insight into the college's process of holistic application review and the institution's plan to study the impact of its new policy on the makeup and success of its student body.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Pilot Projects, Standardized Tests, Liberal Arts, College Admission, Admission Criteria, Disproportionate Representation, Holistic Approach, Effective Schools Research, Catholic Schools, Institutional Mission, Affirmative Action
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