Another university removes SAT/ACT requirements
The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents recently approved a proposal to no longer require students to submit their SAT/ACT test scores as part of the college application process.
The twelve individual schools within the system can maintain the SAT/ACT requirement but are under no obligation to do so.
The University System of Maryland (USM) has approved a proposal to no longer require students to submit their SAT/ACT test scores as part of the college application process.
USM's Board of Regents approved the proposal earlier this summer. As a result, the twelve individual schools within the system can maintain the SAT/ACT requirement but are under no obligation to do so.
“ACT/SAT is often a barrier to admission and GPA is a strong (and often stronger) indicator of student success,” the proposal reads.
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USM Media Relations and Web Officer Mike Lurie told Campus Reform that the new policy is based on students' experiences during COVID-19.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, SAT and ACT testing was not available to high school students preparing to apply for college admission,” Lurie said.
He added that “[h]storically, standardized test scores have been a barrier for many students, with some built-in biases that have impacted under-represented minorities and first-generation college applicants.”
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Not everyone agrees with the move, however.
The proposal records board member Andy Smarick arguing that removing these requirements will “take away a long-used, objective measure that is free of human bias."
Joann Boughman, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at USM, responded by claiming SAT/ACT requirements are “biased."
Campus Reform reached out to Joann Boughman and Andy Smarick for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.