In an article titled, “‘Noncognitive’ Measures: The Next Frontier in College Admissions,” The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted an upcoming conference of admissions officials at the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice (CERPP). The conference, which will take place from Jan. 16-18, 2013, will include experts in non-cognitive aspects of learning.
Admissions officials plan to weigh those questions this week at a national conference sponsored by the University of Southern California’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. The conference, “Attributes That Matter: Beyond the Usual in College Admission and Success,” will include experts in noncognitive aspects of learning, which represent the next frontier in holistic admissions.
Jerome A. Lucido, the center’s executive director, predicts that new measures of student potential will eventually become fixtures in higher education, allowing admissions officers to conduct more-robust reviews of applicants, while giving colleges valuable data on those who enroll.
“We don’t do enough work to understand why one student with a 3.5 GPA was successful and another one wasn’t,” he says. “We’ve ignored this realm because it was more difficult, less understood. Now we’re at a point where noncognitive measures can take their place alongside other things.”