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The test-optional surge

November 9, 2015   |  The New York Times

For those who argue that the SAT and ACT should be dropped as criteria for college admission, this has been an affirming year. Forty-seven colleges and universities have announced test-optional policies, bringing the total to more than 850, according to FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.There has also been a shift in the type and selectivity of institutions taking up the banner: 46 percent of top-tier liberal arts colleges, and a good number of large research universities, no longer require the tests. Temple, Montclair State, Brandeis, Wesleyan and George Washington University as well as Bryn Mawr and Ithaca College are just a few that have opened up their admissions processes since 2013.Wake Forest University went test-optional in 2009. “We struggled in the admissions committee for years,” said Martha Blevins Allman, dean of admissions. “What was the meaning of the difference between a 1250 and 1350 SAT score?” Their conclusion: The SAT measured family income, not ability.Wake Forest points to Natalie Casimir, now a sophomore, as the kind of student test-optional attracts. Ms. Casimir, a Haitian-American whose parents did not graduate college, calls her 1580 (out of 2400) SAT score “an embarrassment” after graduating high school with a 4.0 G.P.A. She had to give up on her dream of attending Cornell. Nor did she get into Davidson College, which requires test scores. Wake Forest gave her a full ride without seeing her score. Her current G.P.A. is 3.2.This story appeared in the Nov. 1 print edition.

News Center Media Report for Oct. 31-Nov. 6

November 9, 2015   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 31-Nov. 6 is now available online.

News Center Media Report for Oct. 24-30

November 2, 2015   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 24-30 is now available online.

Wake Forest University is making news: Media highlights (PDF)

November 2, 2015   |  New York Magazine, Fast Company, The Washington Post

During the third quarter of 2015, Wake Forest University was ranked 27th on U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges guide, the University announced that it will offer undergraduate classes in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and The Winston-Salem Journal published a 4,000 word profile of President Nathan Hatch in recognition of 10 years of service to the University. University experts were featured in national news outlets from New York Magazine to Fast Company to The Washington Post. Wake Forest News (PDF) features national and local news clips, and campus highlights from this time period.

News Center Media Report for Oct. 17-23

October 26, 2015   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 17-23 is now available online.

WFU gets creative to help students de-stress

October 22, 2015   |  WGHP

Wake Forest University is part of a national trend of universities taking a closer look at mental health. Malika Roman Isler ’99, director of Wellbeing, helped develop a multi-dimensional approach called THRIVE. It includes all kinds of ways to keep students emotionally healthy.Watch WGHP’s story about THRIVE here.

NBA all-star Chris Webber named WFU professor of practice

October 20, 2015   |  The Washington Post

Chris Webber, five-time NBA all-star, sports analyst, businessman and film producer has been named a Professor of Practice for the two-year program housed within Wake Forest University’s award-winning Documentary Film Program. Webber will teach a course on sports, race and society.Read more about Webber’s new career in The Washington Post here.

News Center Media Report for Oct. 10-16

October 19, 2015   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 10-16 is now available online.

News Center Media Report for Oct. 3-9

October 13, 2015   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 3-9 is now available online.

Thousands hear Cox speak at Wake Forest

October 13, 2015   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Laverne Cox is proud to be a black transgender women, even though she said transgender people face violence and bigotry every day.“Transgender people can use justice and love today,” Cox said in a speech to about 2,200 people in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. “People of color can use some justice and love today.”Cox, 31, who is best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series “Orange is the New Black,” talked about her life and how she copes with being one of the most visible transgender women in the U.S. “I have often carried tremendous amounts of shame about various aspects of who I am,” Cox said.Read the entire Winston-Salem Journal story here.

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