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Campus Reform reports:

College ditches SAT/ACT requirement to ‘increase the diversity’ of students

In an effort to “increase the diversity” on campus, one Colorado school announced Wednesday that it is dropping its standardized test admissions requirement in pursuit of a more “holistic” approach to applicant evaluation.

Keeping with the growing trend of colleges and universities altering attitudes toward standardized testing, Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. announced that it will be dropping standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as requirements for admission.

Beginning in fall 2020, students may still submit their SAT or ACT scores, but as an “optional” portion of their application. The college is calling this a “test-optional admission policy,” and hopes that this policy, which “supports holistic consideration of applicants,” will “increase the diversity of its student body.”

“The test-optional policy aligns with CC’s admission philosophy of holistic review, where students are valued as more than ‘a number’ and students’ strengths beyond their test scores are considered. The change also supports the college’s strategic plan on increasing access,” the school said.

“Standardized test scores do not always reflect the academic potential of students from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Colorado College psychology professor Kevin Holmes said, according to the news release. “The new test-optional policy removes a barrier to admission for these students.”

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