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WOU Ends SAT/ACT Requirement For Next Year's Incoming Freshmen

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Prospective students considering Western Oregon University for a college next fall can take standardized testing off the ‘to do’ list. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials have stopped requiring the ACTs and SATs.   

It’s not a total drop for the tests.  They can be used for certain scholarship competitions, the honors program, and for students with GPAs under 3.0 or who lack the required number of completed college prep courses from high school.

David McDonald is the Associate Provost for Western Oregon University.  He says the decision followed some intensive review.

“And we looked at student success data which is GPA, courses attempted, retention and graduation rates.  We found there was no correlation between those success measures and the student’s ACT or SAT test scores,"  says McDonald.  

"The most predictive element in terms of college success really is about the rigor of the courses the student took in high school, and how well they did in those courses.”  

McDonald adds the move also lessens expense, stress, and accessibility issues for some students.

There are currently more than a dozen Oregon colleges and universities that are designated “optional” or “flexible” when it comes to ACT and SAT tests. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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