Colleges can’t test for motivation factor

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The lowest admission index (a combination of test scores and grade point average) among Adams State University freshmen last fall belonged to a young man with a high school GPA of 1.4. However, he’d just completed military service and was determined to make the best use of his G.I. Bill education benefits. He completed his first year of college with a 4.0 GPA.

As a moderately selective university that values educational access, we sometimes walk a fine line in admission decisions. It’s unfair to admit students with a minimal chance of success, especially if they will incur debt. But test scores can’t reveal a person’s motivation or sense of responsibility.

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