Indiana Moves Toward Test-Optional Admissions

And Moravian adopts policy.

December 9, 2019
 
IU Bloomington

Indiana University's Board of Trustees voted last week to give the faculty at each of its campuses the right to adopt test-optional admissions.

Indiana operates campuses at Bloomington, IU East (in Richmond), Fort Wayne, Kokomo, IU Northwest (in Gary), South Bend and IU Southeast (in New Albany). IU also offers online programs and degrees through joint campuses with Purdue University in Indianapolis and Columbus.

The heads of the faculty senates at Bloomington and South Bend did not respond to questions about the new policy.

But a statement from David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management at IU Bloomington, said, "We value the insight a student's classroom performance and standardized test scores can offer regarding their preparation. But we also know that for some students, a standardized test score may not show all that a student is capable of and tell the full story of his or her potential. The integrity of IU's academic excellence remains unchanged, while at the same time we're expanding access to the university and the opportunities an IU degree offers."

Bloomington, the most competitive IU campus, also released information about test-optional admissions.

Change at Moravian

On Friday, Moravian College announced that it was shifting its admissions policy to no longer require the SAT or ACT, except for nursing and international students.

"Our admissions counselors have always taken a holistic view of each student’s record and we’re confident we can accurately identify the students that will do well at Moravian without relying on standardized test scores, which are not always the best indicator of future academic success," said Scott Dams, dean of enrollment.

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