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Temple University scraps SAT
requirement for new students

Reuters, by Jonathan Allen

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 7/29/2014 1:23:35 PM

Philadelphia´s Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent. Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States´ Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students´ SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit. A prospective student´s high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better

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A ´self reflective´ questionnaire will now be used. Pretty soon a Bachelor´s Degree will mean little more than graduating from Jr. High.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/29/2014 1:36:29 PM     (No. 9944799)

Illegals will get an extra 50 points for finding North. s/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribicon, 7/29/2014 1:39:39 PM     (No. 9944805)

Just saw where Montclair State in NJ is doing the same thing. Good way to allow increased admissions of preferred grade-inflated minority group members who suffer discrimination at the hands of tests that are by definition racist, since Asian and white kids do much better on them than do blacks and Hispanics.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: raphaela, 7/29/2014 1:45:34 PM     (No. 9944818)

Liberals hate anything that smacks of merit. Imagine the doctors, nurses, and engineers that will be coming out of those schools that drop the requirement of scholarship.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: andyboy, 7/29/2014 1:52:22 PM     (No. 9944831)

Clever move. They don´t require SAT scores but will still accept them, which means only people with higher SAT scores will submit them -- which means Temple will be able to claim higher average SAT scores when the US News college rankings come out.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Achilles, 7/29/2014 2:00:52 PM     (No. 9944849)

There are other ways to gauge talent: like skin color, outlandish clothing and affectation and proper political stances.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ramona, 7/29/2014 2:02:25 PM     (No. 9944853)

They must be getting more desperate for tuition money. Here in NY we have been told by the state to raise the GPA requirements for students in our teaching programs. My colleagues have 2 problems with that - first, it would eliminate too many students with some sort of minority status or those considered "1st generation" college students. Second, the administration is beyond worried about the steep decrease in enrollments (across the board, not just in teacher ed.). There are a few of us who argue for stronger requirements, of course but we are in the minority. When your mission is to save the world a la social justice, nothing must interfere with this goal.

But it is getting more difficult to convince young people to burden themselves with enormous student loan debt in an economy where a job shortage is exacerbated by the surge of low-income illegal workers.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thewarden, 7/29/2014 2:13:17 PM     (No. 9944878)

Well, my opinion on this is mixed. I was a very good student at a private high school but my SAT scores were not as high as they should have been. I always had issues with these types of tests. My son had the same experience exactly 30 years later. I was accepted easily, however, to an excellent university but my son went the community college route with an eye to transfer later. It is much more competitive now than it was then, especially when you can´t claim some sort of diversity status. I´m not sure so much emphasis should be placed on SAT scores as they don´t always measure a student´s ability.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/29/2014 3:21:01 PM     (No. 9944994)

Problem with the SAT is it works, makes it hard to affermitive action all they need to in order to get the perfect color balance.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 7/29/2014 5:43:39 PM     (No. 9945211)

Will there be an attendance requirement or just wait at home and the diploma will s be sent to you !

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