Holistic Approach Is Overrated as Admissions Tool, Says Researcher

USA“Many admissions officials insist on the importance of evaluating the ‘whole student’. That is, considering the talents and potential that grades and standardized-test scores do not reveal. The trick is that holistic assessment is often unreliable, Scott Highhouse said here this morning at Wake Forest University’s Rethinking Admissions conference. Mr. Highhouse, a professor of industrial-organizational psychology at Bowling Green State University, cautioned admissions professionals about the limits of holistic evaluations, such as the personal interviews that Wake Forest built into its application process this year …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 April]

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