Thursday, July 14, 2005

U. of California quits nat'l merit program

This story is especially significant when you remember that it was the UC system's objection to the SAT several years ago that led to the recent changes to the test.

It'll be interesting to see if UC's objection to the National Merit Scholars program prompts any changes in the PSAT or Scholars Program.

From the AP via CNN:

UC bows out of national merit scholarships

Thursday, July 14, 2005;
Posted: 10:36 a.m. EDT (14:36 GMT)

"This decision in no way indicates that we don't value academic merit at the University of California. The issue is how academic merit is defined," said UC Provost M.R.C. Greenwood, the highest ranking academic officer in the 10-campus system, one of the largest in the country.

Faculty challenged the merit scholarships earlier this year, saying the PSAT was not designed to be used as a cutoff tool, and calling the selection process unfair to low-income students and some minorities, who on average score lower than whites on standardized tests.

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