by Ray Hayes
According to a recent study, colleges and universities that make the SAT and ACT test optional see an increase in diversity among their student enroll population.
Amazing isn’t it.
Researchers from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) have released the study entitled, Defining Access: How Test Optional Works, claiming that colleges that make the ACT or SAT test optional enroll and graduate more students from low-income, first generational and diverse backgrounds.
George Washington University is one of the estimated thousand plus universities that do not require an SAT or ACT score and has seen an increase in student diversity. According to a university represented, 20 percent of students did not submit an ACT or SAT test score which resulted in an increase in enrollment from students with diverse backgrounds.
Forrest Maltzman, the university’s provost and chief academic officer, proclaimed that standardized testing just doesn’t get it when it comes to predicting how well a high school student will perform at the college level. Therefore, whatever helped students achieve in high school will also help them achieve in college. Maltzman point is definitely true and one that may be considered by more schools in the future.
Not everyone supports this theory however. Jack Buckley, a senior vice president at the American Institute for Research, stated that although the enrollment of diverse students has increased at test optional colleges and universities, it also happened at the, “same rate among those that didn’t.” If true, then test optional schools may be overstating the lack of necessity for SAT and ACT scores.
In the end, you be the judge!
Do you think test optional colleges and universities are a good way to increase diversity enrollment or does it truly matter since more students from diverse backgrounds have more opportunities to attend universities?