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Charles, Camille Z.; Fischer, Mary J.; Mooney, Margarita A.; Massey, Douglas S. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The use of race-sensitive criteria in admissions continues to be controversial, and critics have leveled three basic charges against it. For one, opponents say the practice constitutes reverse discrimination, lowering the chance of admission for better-qualified white students. They also contend that it creates a mismatch between the skills of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Criticism, Program Effectiveness, Affirmative Action
Teare, Chris – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The author's school is a founding member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, which includes all sorts of institutions--some in highly affluent communities, others with vastly more socioeconomically diverse populations, and some with strong percentages of international students. Individual members' approaches to…
Descriptors: Committees, Testing, Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations
Harper, Christopher; Vanderbei, Robert J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In this article, two professors retake the college-entrance exam and arrive at very different conclusions about its performance. Even though Christopher Harper has worked as a college professor for 15 years, he decided last winter to take the SAT and ACT examinations that his students needed to enter the institution where he teaches, Temple…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, College Admission, Admission Criteria, Test Validity
Keller, Josh; Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The University of California has adopted changes to its undergraduate admissions policy that will enlarge its applicant pool and drop the requirement that students take the SAT Subject Tests. The policy is the most significant change in the university's admissions practices in at least a decade. It will increase the number of California…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Affirmative Action, Minority Groups, College Admission
Mattimore, Patrick – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last week the Board of Regents of the University of California tabled a faculty proposal to broaden the pool of applicants eligible for admission to the 10 campuses in the University of California system. The regents took the action to allow the university's new president, Mark G. Yudof, as well as regents who were uncertain about the proposal,…
Descriptors: Intelligence Tests, Achievement Tests, Governing Boards, College Admission
Hoover, Eric; Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Wake Forest University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores, the university announced last week. The move makes Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the most prominent institutions with a "test optional" admissions policy. The university's decision reveals the increasing complexity of the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Admission Criteria, College Admission
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
One after another at this time of year, elite colleges trumpet the outstanding SAT scores of the applicants they have admitted. The question often raised by such announcements is just how much those scores matter. Two recent studies conclude that they matter quite a lot. This article reports that researchers assert that selective colleges give…
Descriptors: Researchers, Admission Criteria, College Entrance Examinations, Selective Admission
Gose, Ben – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The dreaded personal essay used to be the toughest part of the college-admissions process for the applicant. These days it's admissions officers who fret about student writing--and not just because they fall asleep reading endless takes on "overcoming adversity." They've got weightier concerns--plagiarized essays, students who receive…
Descriptors: Essays, Writing (Composition), College Applicants, Admissions Officers