TakeruK Posted December 9, 2015 Share Posted December 9, 2015 In Astronomy, we have had discussions of eliminating the use of both the GRE and Physics GRE test scores in admissions for quite a while. People have written papers about their unfair use (see references in link below). Today, the President of the AAS wrote an draft open letter to all department chairs in Astronomy with the following recommendation: Recommendation: Given the research indicating that the GRE and PGRE are poor predictors of graduate student success, that their use in graduate admissions has a particularly negative impact on underrepresented groups, and that they represent a financial burden for many students in pursuing advanced degrees in the astronomical sciences, the AAS recommends that graduate programs eliminate or make optional the GRE and PGRE as metrics of evaluation for graduate applicants. If GRE or PGRE scores are used, the AAS recommends that admissions criteria account explicitly for the known systematics in scores as a function of gender, race, and socioeconomic status, and that cutoff scores not be used to eliminate candidates from admission, scholarships/fellowships, or financial support, in accordance with ETS recommendations. For the full text of the letter (which comes with a bibliography) as well as the AAS President's comments accompanying the letter, please see: http://aas.org/posts/news/2015/12/presidents-column-rethinking-role-gre To me, this is an exciting step in the right direction that will improve our field and help us recruit better junior members (and better colleagues for me!). I'd be interested to hear what others think and whether you know if your field's national society have been thinking about similar actions. asurachm and Oshawott 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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