In a new Room for Debate column published in The New York Times, Professor John Brittain argues that colleges and universities, including graduate and professional schools, should eliminate the over-reliance on standardized aptitude test scores.
Prof. Brittain writes, "Just as universities responded to lack of diversity with affirmative
action that will soon run its course, now universities should study
alternative pre-admissions practices that identify bright and highly
motivated diverse students who are not the highest test takers. By
uncoupling the student applicant’s pre-admission emphasis on high test
scores and concentrating on applied learning success in the academic
discipline, this nation can create equal opportunity in admissions
criteria to foster diversity."