Temple University will no longer require ACT or SAT scores for admission starting in the fall of 2015, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Tuesday.
Under Temple’s new policy, applicants who do not submit test scores will answer written “self-reflective short-answer questions,” according to Temple’s website. The questions will measure so-called noncognitive attributes such as leadership, determination, and grit, Temple officials told the Inquirer.
Temple received a $225,000 grant this month from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to develop new approaches for recruiting and evaluating prospective students. The university plans to pilot the project among students in Philadelphia high schools whose potential might be undersold by conventional measures of achievement. Temple also will study how noncognitive assessments might inform the university’s academic policies, financial-aid strategies, and advising approaches.
With the new policy, Temple expects to enroll as many as 150 to 200 students who would not have been accepted otherwise, the Inquirer reported. Read more from Temple here.