Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug

Today is March 25, a day I have unilaterally labeled as test optional admissions day. Today is also the birthday of fellow Iowan Norman Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, who was once described as “Greatest Human Being That Ever Lived” for his efforts that […]

The Status Quo Strikes (again)

I’ll do my best to make this an evergreen post: One I can just point to when we read yet another opinion article by the same types of people insisting that removing the SATs is going to harm first-generation and/or low-income and/or students of color and/or anyone who attends an under-resourced high school. The latest […]

NACAC and Standardized Testing

I’ve been a member of NACAC for a long time, and even though I’m from Iowa, my most frequent observations about the organization’s limitations have centered on its propensity to avoid confrontation. It was usually more Iowa-nice than even I could handle. Of course, I can only imagine how hard it must be to run […]

Congratulations. You’re Test-optional. Now What?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were experiencing a wave of colleges and universities going test-optional for freshman admission. And with societal change in California, and all the Ivy League institutions deciding they can make admissions decisions without the benefit of an SAT or ACT score (at least for one year), the wave has […]

We Don’t Know, So We Might As Well Guess

The auto-suggest feature on my phone’s keyboard learned “coronavirus” in record time, it seems, and now gives me “Corvallis” and “coronavirus” as the only two options when I type c-o-r. No wonder. It’s pretty much all we’ve heard on the news in the past few weeks, and with a long list of campuses curtailing in-person […]