New law makes all Illinois public colleges test-optional

A new law is making Illinois’ public colleges test-optional moving forward.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation requiring all Illinois public colleges and universities to offer test-optional admissions, enstating into law what has been a broader willing trend in higher ed over the last several years.

The takeaway? Test-optional isn’t the same as test blind. Will institutions still prioritize the acceptance of students who do supply test scores and meet certain scoring thresholds? This legislation doesn’t address or prevent that scenario.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.