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OPINION: The power of unfair standardized tests is finally, thankfully diminishing

The Hechinger Report published an opinion piece by Andrew Palumbo, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management & Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid. “If universities care about all students, they must better align admissions processes with their distinctive missions, values and goals while also eliminating the inequities that standardized test scores reinforce,” he wrote. “In March, faculty at WPI overwhelmingly adopted an eight-year test-blind pilot, transitioning from 13 years of test-optional admissions to a process that will not consider test scores for admission or financial aid. Importantly, this vote eliminated the antiquated use of SAT and ACT test scores because faculty recognize that they are poor predictors of college success, and they introduce and reinforce inequities that our university is committed to eliminating.”

Central Mass. colleges leading test-blind trend, as they seek to diversify student bodies

The Worcester Business Journal noted WPI in their article on WPI’s move to change to fully “test-blind” admissions, which will begin with the Fall 2021 application cycle and supports WPI’s mission of expanding access to a high-quality STEM education to all students.

WPI to go test-blind in admissions, labeling standardized test scores as unnecesary

A story on WPI’s move to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores in its admission process was included in The Telegram & Gazette.  The change to fully “test-blind” admissions will begin with the Fall 2021 application cycle and supports WPI’s mission of expanding access to a high-quality STEM education to all students.

WPI No Longer Considering SAT Or ACT Test Scores For Admission, Citing ‘Problematic Correlations’

WBZ-CBS Boston reported on WPI’s move to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores in its admission process. The change to fully “test-blind” admissions will begin with the Fall 2021 application cycle and supports WPI’s mission of expanding access to a high-quality STEM education to all students.  WBZ quoted President Leshin in its report appearing on the station’s website. “I’m proud that WPI is one of the very first STEM universities to fully eliminate the test score barrier,” Leshin said. “WPI’s immersive project-based approach to STEM education engages students in solving real problems around the world, and our most successful students are those with drive, curiosity, and passion—factors that no standardized test can measure.

This STEM College Will Stop Looking at ACT and SAT Scores. Its Admissions Dean Explains Why.

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed Andrew B. Palumbo, assistant vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions and financial aid, for an article on WPI’s move to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores in its admission process.