Test-Flexible Admissions Policies and Student Enrollment Demographics: Examining a Public Research University
Author(s): Paul G. Rubin, Manuel S. González Canché
Publisher: The Review of Higher Education
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A growing number of postsecondary institutions in the United States have removed standardized testing as a requirement for admission. Researchers, however, have suggested that these “test-optional” policies may not benefit underrepresented populations as intended, but instead serve as an additional revenue source for the institution. In this study, we utilize a synthetic control method to extend this research by considering whether a more nuanced “testflexible” policy, which allows qualifying students to decide whether to submit test scores instead of an institution-wide policy, influences student enrollment demographics at a public university.