Target: Dean of Admissions Laurie Koehler
Goal: Support getting disadvantaged kids into universities by ditching the SATs and similar tests as requirements.
The George Washington University just announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores from prospective students in their applications. This is a radical step from a prestigious university that was explicitly made due to a desire to recruit more disadvantaged yet still highly intelligent students into their ranks.
Tests like the SATs are highly stressful and based on ideas that are most familiar to white, middle to upper class Americans. This creates a problem for a lot of prospective college students, including those who have anxiety disorders or learning disabilities like dyslexia, as well as people of color, those who grew up in different cultures, or who were raised in poverty.
Though these problems have been talked about for many years, most universities in the U.S. still require SAT or ACT scores from any students who want to enroll. This keeps out many brilliant young people who have trouble with these tests due to things outside of their control. George Washington University has finally come to understand how unfair this is and has done away with this archaic requirement.
Sign our petition to express your support for this decision to increase student diversity and, more importantly, give disadvantaged young people a chance for a great education.
Dear Dean Koehler,
I’m writing to express my appreciation for the decision to drop SAT or ACT scores as requirements to apply to your university. The fact that prospective students have to navigate tests that many experts have criticized for giving clear advantages to neurotypical, white, middle class students in order to apply for most universities is ridiculous. It’s time to end this old tradition that leaves out so many disadvantaged young people.
It’s very encouraging that you understand how these tests keep brilliant young minds out of the highly regarded universities that they belong in. Nobody should be kept from a good education because they have anxiety, a learning disability, or a different cultural upbringing.
I support you in your decision to ditch the requirement that prospective students have high SAT or ACT scores in order to apply to attend George Washington University. This decision will not only help disadvantaged students, it will help your university become a more diverse and well-rounded educational environment. I hope that other universities will soon follow your example.
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