Should we let the algorithms make our admissions decisions?

Will the algorithms that replace admissions tests prove to be any less biased?

Reported by EdSurge, many institutions have dug into their data over the last five years to learn that admissions tests like SAT and ACT aren’t reliable predictors of a student’s success at their institution, and are moving toward test-optional admissions policies.

And while some celebrate this who have concerns about the inherent bias in ACT and SAT testing and test prep, should we be any more encouraged by the admission algorithms’ new criteria?

The takeaway? If we create an admissions algorithm using our student data based on their success, isn’t it likely that the same privilege factors will show up here, too?

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.