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

Lawrence E. Gladieux

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy Institute Larry Gladieux passed away last week in Eugene, Oregon due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 76. Many of you may not know who Larry was, but he was, for over a quarter century, a giant in higher education. He wasn’t a president. Or dean. He was a policy wonk. He studied higher … Continue reading Lawrence E. Gladieux

School Takes a Vacation — But Can Learning Increase?

While COVID-19 has resulted in an unprecedented experience around the world for modern society, it is not the first time in recent history that it has had a massive impact on public education in the United States. In the mid-seventies, the city of Columbus, Ohio shut down the school system for over a month due to a lack of natural gas combined with record low … Continue reading School Takes a Vacation — But Can Learning Increase?

Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute So, let me get this right. I’ve ardently been against rescuing the college-going public against any government intervention to completely eliminate student debt. You can read my diatribes against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in several Swail Letters (see at end of piece). Now, apparently, Joe Biden, who is a capable leader with a … Continue reading Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt

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