Gregory Colburn and his wife, Amy Colburn, “completely deny” federal allegations that they paid William Rick Singer to have a proxy take the SAT for their son.
In an effort to equalize the playing field with regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and language barriers, the University of Chicago has become the first of America’s elite universities to adopt a “test-optional” admission policy: as of this fall, applicants need not submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.
Last week, Stanford’s admission office took a step in this direction, announcing that it will no longer require applicants to report ACT or SAT essay scores. But in the wake of UChicago’s new policy, some wonder whether Stanford ought to become test-optional entirely.
On Thursday, Washington Post reported that, beginning in fall 2019, Stanford and Princeton will no longer require applicants to submit an ACT or SAT essay score. They join the ranks of Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and University of San Diego in waiving the requirement this year. University spokesperson E.J. Miranda wrote in an email to The…
The move reflects a growing desire among admissions directors to remove financial barriers to students applying to college. Allowing students to self-report test scores alleviates the financial burden of submitting official score reports.
Stanford sees applicant pools of 40,000 or more. more than 5.07% of applicants have SAT scores in the 2200-2400 range student, so the 2000 or so who make the final cut must have done something exceptional other than receiving a perfect SAT score to make themselves stand out. Stanford has the opportunity to be the first elite institution to formally eliminate the SAT from its admissions considerations and inspire others leaders in higher education to follow. Without SAT scores, higher education could return its focus on identifying true, deep, and brilliant thinkers and developing them to their fullest potential instead of rewarding the most “excellent sheep.”
Tests should at no point be the be-all-and-end-all, as they are now among public education systems. Even in their most enlightened forms, they should be no more than a small part of a student’s education toolkit. From the perspective of learning, passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with inquiring and pursuing topics that engage and excite us – as learners, not test-takers.
Even if he is accurate in portraying the mentality of the average Ivy League student, however, his critique is not unique to Ivy League students. While some top-tier students may be lured by money and power, students at public schools pursue majors in business, finance, and pre-law, pre-professional majors most Ivy Leagues don’t even offer.
Many American universities tout their subjective holistic admissions as providing opportunities to socioeconomically disadvantaged applicants. While this goal is laudable, there exist tried and tested wholly objective alternatives to accomplish the same goal, such as admitting the best students from socioeconomically disadvantaged schools independently of how these students compare with students from advantaged schools. While…