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  1. 1. Advantages of an Open Admissions Policy <ul><li>Higher attainment rates </li></ul><ul><li>More academically sound students </li></ul><ul><li>Greater diversity within the student body </li></ul>
  2. 2. MTSU Admissions <ul><li>Three types of admission into MTSU </li></ul><ul><li>Honors Admission </li></ul><ul><li>Guaranteed Admission </li></ul><ul><li>Conditional Admission </li></ul>
  3. 3. Honors Admission <ul><li>Requirements are: </li></ul><ul><li>ACT composite score of 25 or higer </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum GPA of 3.5. </li></ul><ul><li>*Both requirements must be met* </li></ul>
  4. 4. Guaranteed Admission <ul><li>Requirements are: </li></ul><ul><li>a minimum 3.0 GPA </li></ul><ul><li>a minimum composite ACT of 22 (SAT of 1020) </li></ul><ul><li>a minimum 2.7 GPA and minimum ACT of 19 (SAT of 900) </li></ul><ul><li>*Only one must be met* </li></ul>
  5. 5. Conditional Admission <ul><li>Requirements are: </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out and turn in a personal statement form which contains four questions to be answered in essay format </li></ul>
  6. 6. Conditional Admission (cont.) <ul><li>After acceptance the student must: </li></ul><ul><li>Remove high school deficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain academic good standing </li></ul><ul><li>Receive services from the University's Academic Support Center </li></ul><ul><li>Enroll in University 1010 </li></ul>
  7. 7. The College Board Argument <ul><li>SAT scores with High School transcripts are good predictors for a student's success in college. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools can use the test-optional to increase the average SAT score of the school </li></ul><ul><li>Schools could also maintain a lower acceptance rate, making the application process more competitive because of the extra applicants </li></ul>
  8. 8. 20-Year Study at Bates College <ul><li>In 1984, Bates College started a twenty- year study in which the college implemented an SAT-optional policy. </li></ul><ul><li>The study showed students who did not submit SAT scores earned a similar GPA compared to students who did not submit scores. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 20-Year Study at Bates College (cont.) <ul><li>From 1990 to 1999, Graduation rates for the two groups deviated by a minimal margin. </li></ul><ul><li>The pool of applicants to Bates College nearly doubled since the SAT-option was put into effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Both groups were equally represented in graduate programs that did not require standardized test scores for application. </li></ul>
  10. 10. SAT Research from Duke University <ul><li>Research suggests that the ability to retake the SAT skews the results in favor of higher-income students. </li></ul><ul><li>It showed the $45 test was more likely to be retaken by students whose parents had more disposable income. </li></ul>
  11. 11. SAT Research from Duke University (cont.) <ul><li>Another finding showed that students whose fathers have a college degree were 6.6 times more likely to retake the SAT as opposed to students whose fathers did not obtain a college degree. </li></ul>
  12. 12. SAT Research from Duke University (cont.) <ul><li>As a result, &quot;The researchers suggest that if colleges used an average of an applicant's SAT scores, or only the most recent score, the rate of retaking would decrease by as much as 75 percent&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Something Else to Consider <ul><li>Some students are just not good test takers. These students may excel in the class and be more capable than the student who scores a 32 on the ACT even though this student could only manage a 26. </li></ul><ul><li>At some schools this means the student could only receive a fraction of what the student deserves </li></ul>
  14. 14. Something Else to Consider (cont.) <ul><li>At MTSU, for example, this is the difference between a $1,500 scholarship and $5,000 scholarship. </li></ul>