Magazine article Techniques

Colleges Consider Admissions Alternative

Magazine article Techniques

Colleges Consider Admissions Alternative

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With affirmative action policies under fire at many of the nation's colleges and universities, assessment experts are researching other factors in the college admissions process to further cultural diversity in higher education.

Educational Testing Services (ETS), the company that produces the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and other researchers are developing an alternative method for evaluating college applicants that excludes explicit racial preference.

Researchers identified 14 social factors that might influence students' SAT scores, such as coming from poor families or schools, living in disadvantaged neighborhoods or speaking English as a second language. They then determined how students with such characteristics have scored on the SAT in past years. In what's called the "strivers model," a student who scores at least 200 points more than the average student with a disadvantaged background will be termed a "striver." This status would then factor into the student's application consideration.

ETS officials say the "strivers model" is not a substitute for affirmative action, but it could help lessen sharp declines in minority enrollment some colleges may experience if affirmative action is banned by court rulings. …

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