Skip to comments.GW Admissions Goes “Test-Optional”
Posted on 07/30/2015 7:48:12 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
Standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT are no longer required by George Washington University. In its weekly e-mail newsletter, the school proudly announced this shift in its admissions process.
The move is effective August 1st, 2015, meaning that those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include the test scores in their application or not to. What is the reasoning behind this? The school claimed the following:
High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GWs holistic review process, along with a students writing skills, recommendations, involvement in school and community, and personal qualities and character. However, this year, students who do not think their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic potential can choose not to submit them.
The decision to adopt a test-optional policy was made in response to recommendations from the Access Committee of the universitys Task Force on Access and Success.
Members of the task force have been looking at the value of test scores in understanding how a student performs at GW. Their findings supported the conclusion reached by other universities and studies: One can predict success at GW based upon a students high school record, especially his or her high school GPA.
The cynical might note that this move will likely increase the student body, and tuition revenues. GWU has been facing significant budget cuts, up to 5% across the board, and experienced the sudden resignation of its chief fundraising officer during a $1 billion fundraising campaign. That campaign has raised at least half of that amount, with the end date of 2018. Also, their newly-constructed science and engineering buildings original financing plan was not met, meaning that the school will raise the rent prices at their commercial properties near the campus to make up $250 million of the original $275 million price tag.
An enrollment official at GW, Laurie Koehler, an enrollment official at GW, said:
The test-optional policy should strengthen and diversify an already outstanding applicant pool and will broaden access for those high-achieving students who have historically been underrepresented at selective colleges and universities, including students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households
...”Ooops...I didn't mean to say that...heh heh.
What I MEANT to say is blah blah blah High School ...blah blah blah”
~GW Ministry of Truth Comrade, Level 4A
Yeah, that's the ticket!
Q. How do we admit and give scholarships to minorities who are not a qualified as Whites and Asians.
It’s the only way they can achieve their quota of a certain class of people with an average IQ of 85.
August 1st, 2015, the effective date when college diplomas became worthless pieces of paper.
When GW became a “historically black college.”
The quota would be 100 %, if they had their way.
It’s a latrine in - between two armpits....
“Based in Foggy Bottom, this private university dates to 1821 & is known for international affairs. - Google”
A little double entendre.....
We tried, but too few minorities had decent test scores. We can’t admit that they aren’t qualified, so we’re dropping the tests.
Bah. This is entrance-test optional. Let’s cut the bull and get to exit-text optional, and just pass diplomas out in the Quad.
SAT scores are probably unnecessary. The colleges (especially crazy expensive ones like GW) need warm bodies and they know a lot of the bright kids regardless of class are choosing community college for the first two years. Unless you’re a top level athlete there’s not much advantage to being a freshman at a 4-year school (not enough to justify the price tag). Ivy League schools are a special case, but if you could get into an Ivy as a freshman you can get in as JC transfer too as I’ve seen (a friend of mine just got in to Columbia University as a transfer from community college).
GW is not a very good college.
And oh by the way, I wouldn’t count on it being called “George Washington University” much longer, he was a slave owner, don’cha know?
This is how it used to be in most places. You graduate from HS with good grades and you go to college. But then we decided to start imitating the Asian model of education, with 12 rounds of testing and an anal probe.
lol but don’t give them any ideas.
My money's on "Assata Olugbala Shakur University."
LOL. I went to GW for my undergraduate degree back in the 1980s. Back then, it was known as an expensive school for not-so-bright kids with money. It also was a party school. I thought at one point its reputation increased but I guess everything old is new again.
Here's a question where I'm seeking an opinion rather than facts. I admit I had to look her up. What I found mildly interesting is that with a $2,000,000 price tag on her head, and softening relations between the US and Cuba, do you suppose she's getting a little unsettled? Even the Obama FBI has put her on the '10 Most Wanted' list.
Do you suppose she might be looking for another Socialist People's Utopia? I can't think of one, offhand.
After a holistic review, I decided not to give any money to GWU, although I have a degree from there.
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