Dropping the SAT and ACT? Good Luck with That

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy Institute News out of California is that the University of California system is dropping the ACT and SAT as a requirement for admissions into one of the country’s largest and most selective college systems, serving over 285,000 students each year. For equity activists, this is a big win as testing has historically been shown to … Continue reading Dropping the SAT and ACT? Good Luck with That

The Post COVID-19 Higher Education Landscape

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Now that higher education has hit the pause button for a few months, it is prudent to consider what the “new” higher education will look like when it returns for a second run this fall. Will it simply look like it always has? Or will it morph into something slightly or radically different? If … Continue reading The Post COVID-19 Higher Education Landscape

Is This the Time to Right-Size Higher Education?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Last night, the Senate was unable to pass an $1.8 billion stimulus bill over a variety of issues, some of which are known and some not. Of those we know, included was the Democrats sense that there is not adequate funding to protect and support higher education. A second issue is the level of … Continue reading Is This the Time to Right-Size Higher Education?

Does it Matter if You Attend a Top-Ranked Institution?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I read an article published this week by Richard Reeves and Katherine Guyot of Brookings titled: “US College Scandal: How much differences does going to a top university make?” There is nothing earth shattering here; it basically buttresses what most of us in the industry have said for years: attending a selective institution has … Continue reading Does it Matter if You Attend a Top-Ranked Institution?

A Story of Excellence and Advantage — The Story of Esther Wojcicki

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Esther Wojcicki is a very bright woman. On Friday, the education expert wrote a piece on TIME magazine titled “I Raised Two CEOs and a Doctor. These Are My Secrets to Parenting Successful Children.” The piece is an excerpt from her upcoming book, “How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results.” In it … Continue reading A Story of Excellence and Advantage — The Story of Esther Wojcicki