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Archive Notes - September 2009


I am pleased to report that effective immediately we will be
implementing the test optional admissions policy adopted by the Faculty
Senate nearly two years ago. While a full description of that policy
will be posted shortly, the salient features are that a specific group
of students, namely those with a high school GPA of 85 in a program
with rigor or advanced rigor, will not be required to provide the
college with SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission. Students
with a lower high school GPA will be required to submit test scores
depending upon their high school curriculum and other criteria.
Moreover, we will ask most students for a broader range of data in
order to make a holistic decision about their potential for success on
our campus. The new policy is being implemented on a trial basis. It
will be examined annually for three years and then re-evaluated to see
if we wish to make it permanent.

Some two years ago our Faculty
Senate created a test optional admissions policy targeting our very
best students. The Chancellor and Provost at that time declined to
give us permission to implement the policy. As a result of recent
conversations, Chancellor Zimpher and Interim Provost Lavalee have
given us permission to implement our test optional admissions policy on
a trial basis.

I am excited about the potential of this policy
to attract well prepared students to the College and to better address
issues of equity among applicants from abroad range of socio-economic
backgrounds.

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