This week, another “no” for admissions testing at the University of California, affirmative action is allowed in North Carolina, Amherst makes a big policy change, and some high notes out of Utah.
Last year, the UC Board of Regents decided to drop the SAT/ACT requirement permanently because the tests were found to compound inequalities rooted in race and income. The UC system was exploring whether another (presumably unbiased) test could be used in place of the SAT or ACT in the admissions process. This week, the faculty voted NO to the California-based “Smarter Balanced” exam.
A federal judge ruled this week that UNC Chapel Hill can continue to use affirmative action in its admissions process. Judge Loretta Biggs said that, “UNC has shown it has a compelling reason to pursue a diverse student body and has demonstrated that measurable benefits come from that goal.”
Amherst College announced this week that it’s ending its longstanding legacy-admissions process. Legacy students have represented approximately 11 percent of each class of about 425 students. Amherst joins other private colleges like Johns Hopkins, MIT, and Caltech by dropping the practice.
The Utah Jazz have announced that they will fund one full-ride scholarship for every win this season. Scholarship recipients must have an admission offer from one of six universities in the state. That’s music to our ears!