Chicago’s DePaul University has become the largest college in America to make submission of standardized tests for admissions optional. DePaul has 16,000 undergraduates.

According to an article by Eric Hoover in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Starting with applicants for the freshman class entering in 2012, students who choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores will write short responses to essay questions designed to measure “noncognitive” traits, such as leadership, commitment to service, and ability to meet long-term goals.

“Admissions officers have often said that you can’t measure heart,” said Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management. “This, in some sense, is an attempt to measure that heart.”

Well yes, though prospective students interested in “heart” assessment are also those likely to have low SAT scores.

Students are free to continue to submit their scores. This change in policy is likely to result in an increase in the average standardized test score of DePaul applicants. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

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