“On Thursday, the University of Chicago announced that it would no longer require the ACT/SAT for admission, becoming the most-selective institution ever to adopt a test-optional policy. With that, the South Side campus caused an admissions-obsessed planet to wobble. Several deans and college counselors predict that the move will soon prompt other high-profile colleges to abandon their testing requirements. At the very least, the national conversation about testing has changed, probably for good.”
“As The Washington Post first reported, Chicago has unveiled a broad initiative to increase access for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. Dropping its testing requirement for all domestic applicants is just one part of the plan (those who don’t submit scores will still be eligible for the university’s merit scholarships, officials say).”
One would think that this move to no longer require the SAT/ACT for admissions would be incredibly insulting to students of color, but instead they are probably rejoicing.
What the University of Chicago will quickly learn is that as their admission rates for people of color go up, so will their drop out rates, no matter how much less demanding they make their course work. In the near future, it shouldn’t surprise us that the formerly prestigious University of Chicago becomes as “inclusive” as the Chicago public school system, one of the poorest in the country.