Letter writer: Taking stress-test reduction to the next level

Graphic by Lori Deaton

This letter is written in response to Kari Barrows’ “Stress Test” piece [“Stress Test: Local Colleges Adopt More Holistic Admissions Policies,” Feb. 24, Xpress] about local colleges and universities that are reducing the amount of emphasis placed upon standardized admissions tests. Kudos to these institutions for taking this bold stance — it symbolizes the educational world’s realization that these assessments are not necessarily indicative of a well-rounded student’s chance for academic success.

At Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, we’re finding that the same is true for professionals who have completed their bachelor’s degrees. Recently, Lenoir-Rhyne opted to waive admissions testing in most of its 10 local graduate programs. However, applicants must document work or other experience that predicts the level of dedication and skill necessary for master’s degree studies. This has eased the admissions process for our applicants and, better yet, the quality of our student body has not been reduced by one iota.

Here’s to boosting the importance of life experience and community involvement in gauging a student’s potential. The sooner that we, as educators, buy into the fact that people cannot necessarily be categorized by standardized testing, the more nimble we will be in helping to develop whole persons.

— Michael M. Dempsey
Dean and Director
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.