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Test-Optional Admissions in Wisconsin's Colleges and Universities

Join WISCAPE for a panel discussion featuring admissions and enrollment leaders from Wisconsin colleges and universities that have become test optional in recent years, to talk about why they decided to shift their policy and how it was worked in practice.
Date
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Time
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location
159 Education Building
Address
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI
Description

Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are deciding to allow prospective students to choose whether to submit their standardized test scores when they apply for admission. Nationwide, over 1,000 institutions are “test optional,” including ten colleges and universities in Wisconsin. Most recently, Marquette University just this year decided to drop the SAT or ACT as a requirement for admission, beginning with the Fall 2020 entering class.

Colleges that become test optional often ​cite ​standardized tests ​as discriminatory against underprivileged students and express a desire to attract more diverse student bodies. Critics have argued the policy boosts applications and SAT/ACT averages for admitted students, potentially giving​ test-optional colleges an advantage in ​college rankings.

Join the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) for a panel discussion featuring admissions and enrollment leaders from Wisconsin colleges and universities that have become test optional in recent years, to talk about why they decided to shift their policy and how it was worked in practice.

How do they evaluate applications for students who do or do not submit test scores? ​Has the policy changed their applicant pool or the make-up of their admitted and enrolled students? What challenges have they experienced in implementing the policy, and have there been any unintended consequences or opportunities?

Panelists include:

  • Ken Anselment, Vice President for Enrollment and Communication, Lawrence University
  • Brian Troyer, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Marquette University
  • Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, UW-Madison (moderator)

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

Watch this ​​discussion on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
(Note: Due to technical difficulties, only a portion of the discussion was captured on video.)

Contact
Kari Dickinson
kadickinson@wisc.edu
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