New US research suggests de-emphasizing test scores is key for diversification

September 9, 2020
A new research paper that examined the data from 368 US institutions suggests that de-emphasizing test scores is the only thing that consistently helps to diversify student populations. Though some institutions have tried to boost minority or low-income enrollment through stressing extracurriculars and subjective factors, the paper says that data suggests “these considerations may do little to dramatically alter enrollment for these students in either more or less equitable ways.” NACAC CEO Angel B Perez said that, in his experience, “when admissions officers were told to specifically look for other qualities and characteristics that predict success, and not focus as much on test scores, they paused, and were much more intentional in giving students credit for other things.” Inside Higher Ed (International)