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Advisory: Latest research on admissions process to be presented at Wake Forest


April 14, 2009

The media are invited to attend the conference “Rethinking Admissions” April 15 and 16 at Wake Forest University in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

Admissions officers and leading researchers from Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, Yale and others will gather at Wake Forest for a candid discussion of college admissions practices and the role that standardized testing plays in the process.  Sessions begin at 9 a.m. April 15.  The conference concludes at 3:15 p.m. April 16.

Wake Forest last summer became the first top-30 national university to make SAT scores optional for applicants and decided to host the conference to provide a forum where new research could be presented on the ability of standardized tests to predict college success, as well as the role that class ranking, grades, and advanced placement exams play in identifying top-performing students.

Author Daniel Golden, who won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles he wrote on inequities in college admissions, will deliver the keynote address at 4 p.m. April 15.

Seats will be reserved for media.  Cameras may set up in the back of Pugh Auditorium.  Parking will be available on Davis Field, across the street from the Benson University Center Parking Lot (C).   To request an e-mailed parking pass, contact the News Service.

Contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237 to arrange interviews with any of the participants.  Following is a link to additional materials for the media: http://www.wfu.edu/provost/rethinkingadmissions/media_room.php

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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