There has been considerable buzz in the higher ed world the last couple of weeks about the way standardized tests are used in university admissions. Basically, the talk for years has been that the College Board’s “SAT” and ACT Organization’s “ACT” are out of touch with their core purpose of measuring a students readiness for college. The College Board has announced that they are going to change standardized testing as we know it to include Non cognitive measures.
If you are a regular reader of the Admissions Blog, you know that OSU and our Insight Resume have been on the leading edge of measuring non cognitive abilities in university admissions. So much so that many schools have adopted or are moving to adopt our Insight Resume into their admissions process. Now, the College Board is ready to join the movement.
Here’s a little tidbit from the Newsday article about OSU’s Insight Resume success:
Other institutions have begun to fundamentally question the premises of either type of standardized test as a measure of academic ability. Oregon State University and Tufts, for instance, are using new types of assessments that measure “non-cognitive” traits in students, such as leadership skills, drive and motivation that predict college success as well or better than traditional academic tests.
In Oregon State’s case, students are simply asked to write a few sentences each on a handful of questions called the “Insight Resume,” which is incorporated into the college application and scored by teams of readers. The prompts ask students to describe leadership skills and experience, examples of overcoming adversity, experience and accomplishments in a field of knowledge or creativity, and so on.
Since implementing the Insight Resume, the university has found that for every one point increase on an applicant’s Insight Resume score, the odds of that student’s staying in college increases by 10 percent. The enrollment of disadvantaged students has increased under the new admissions system, as has academic performance of the entire campus – the result of a more motivated, more directed study body than what Oregon State got under the old paradigm.
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