‘Noncognitive’ Measures: The Next Frontier in College Admissions

Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 14, 2013


Every year, presidents and professors expect freshmen who are curious, determined, and hungry for challenges. The traditional metrics of merit, however, can’t reveal such qualities. Standardized-test scores may or may not predict a given student’s long-term potential. Grade-point averages present only a partial view of an applicant’s talents and work habits. And so, some admissions officers say, it’s time for a new set of tools.

Over the last decade, a handful of colleges have designed “noncognitive” assessments to measure attributes—like leadership and the ability to meet goals—that content-based tests do not. Succeeding in college often requires initiative and persistence, or what some researchers call “grit.” Noncognitive measures are an attempt to gauge such qualities. If the SAT asks what a student has learned, these assessments try to get at how she learned it.


Imagining a new system, however, is easier than building one. What should the 21st-century college consider? How much can noncognitive assessments—typically in the form of self-evaluations and short essays—really tell a college? And are they reliable?

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.


As David T. Conley explains in a forthcoming commentary piece in Education Week, researchers and psychometricians once paid relatively little attention to aspects of learning deemed noncognitive, the default term for “everything that was not grounded in or directly derived from rational thought.” So educators saw a hierarchy, with cognitive skills on top and noncognitive attributes at the bottom.

Mr. Conley, a professor of education at the University of Oregon, is one of several researchers who hope to change that perception. The relationship between the what and how of learning, he argues, is less hierarchical and more symbiotic. Sure, he says, students use their brains when they recall how to solve a mathematics problem. Just as they did to achieve the difficult and frustrating task of learning the math formula in the first place.

“It’s time to think about noncognitive dimensions of learning as forms of thinking in and of themselves,” Mr. Conley writes.

To that end, he proposes replacing “noncognitive” with the term “metacognitive learning skills.” A name change, he argues, could help legitimize the development of new assessments.


The notion that test scores and GPAs tell too little of an applicant’s tale has long worried admissions officers. Even those who groan at reading a zillion personal statements and letters of recommendation insist that such documents can provide helpful insights, a glimpse behind all those numbers.

Although noncognitive assessments are supposed to do the same, there’s no consensus on how best to get at students’ intangible qualities. With no gold standard, researchers are dabbling in an array of approaches. The College Board has tested a standardized way to measure 12 qualities, such as artistic and cultural appreciation, and integrity. The Educational Testing Service has created the Personal Potential Index, an online system allowing evaluators to rate applicants in six categories, including communication skills and teamwork. A means of standardizing letters of recommendation, the index has caught on at some graduate schools and may have a future in undergraduate admissions.

For now, most noncognitive assessments are homegrown experiments, exciting yet challenging. {snip}

In 2004 the university added to its application the Insight Résumé, six short-answer questions based on the research of William E. Sedlacek, a professor emeritus of education at the University of Maryland at College Park and pioneer of noncognitive assessment. One prompt asks applicants to describe how they overcame a challenge; another, to explain how they’ve developed knowledge in a given field.

The answers, scored on a 1-to-3 scale, inform admissions decisions in borderline cases, of applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA. {snip}

The Insight Résumé is a work in progress, Mr. Buckley says. Reading 17,000 sets of essays requires a lot of time and training. Meanwhile, he believes the addition has helped Oregon State attract more-diverse applicants, but it’s hard to know for sure. A recent analysis found that although the scores positively correlated with retention and graduation rates, they did not offer “substantive improvements in predictions” of students’ success relative to other factors, especially high-school GPAs.


Elsewhere, proponents of noncognitive assessments say such tools will become more necessary as applicant pools grow more diverse: Many underrepresented minority students struggle on the SAT but excel in other ways.


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  • 48224

    Quote: “Grade-point averages present only a partial view of an applicant’s talents and work habits.”

    Exactly, and crime rates, fatherless rates, unemployment rates, community failure rates, special education rates, drop-out rates, STD rates……ALL TELL THE REST OF THE STORY. And it isn’t a pretty story!

    • The__Bobster

      Quote: “Grade-point averages present only a partial view of an applicant’s talents and work habits.”

      A GPA from a ghetto skoo doesn’t present much of a view at all.

      • JohnEngelman

        It means that the black person tries. In black school blacks who get good grades are beaten up for acting white.

    • pcmustgo

      good point.

      I’m amazed they are even considering dropping the GPA standards, high school GPA… First it was dropping SAT tests, now it’s getting rid of any GPA too.

  • Puggg

    Succeeding in college often requires initiative and persistence, or what some researchers call “grit.”

    Well, that leaves a lot of our chocolate colored friends out. Even though it’s obvious these feel good noncognitive measures are design to circumvent real standards and anti-AA laws.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      The best way to test their initiative and persistence is to make them get a job and pay their own way through school.

  • MekongDelta69

    Blah, blah, blah – another article from ‘higher academia.’

    Allow me to translate:
    “As far as non-white people are concerned, we don’t care about intelligence.”

    There – I saved you from reading more tripe.

    • jay11

      Or you could translate ‘non-cognitive intelligence blah blah” as: “They’re not as smart, motivated or creative as previous generations of (white) students, so we want to use their song-and-dance tom-foolery skills to talk their way into the skoo’.”

      Let’em smile, talk about their dreams of being a doctor or something and take that as proof that they should be admitted into college – because for darn sure their grades won’t reflect that!
      When I hired into the local urban public school district, a district that is now almost 80% non-white, I wondered why the (black) hiring manager lady was so concerned that I used ‘non-traditional’ measures in order to ‘assess’ the students.
      Later on after teaching for about two weeks I realized the game. Pretend they’re learning content with their silly poster board projects, even though they’re not, assume they’re motivated, even though they couldn’t care less about what you’re offering, and then give them grades that pass them – or you will be rated an ineffective teacher and canned. Oh, and those state tests, the passing rates are around 35% answers scored correctly. 35%! Those ‘conversion charts’ they give us turn the 35% to a 65, and so on. It’s all a sham.

      • bigone4u

        They’re doing silly poster board projects in universities these days too.

        • Anglokraut

          Oh, I don’t know about silly poster-board projects. My ex-boyfriend loved to use enormous poster-boards when he presented his latest research, and they were very impressive. Of course I can’t say the name of the school he attended, since he reads this site, but it’s a very good school–one of the most academically demanding in the world.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          I have to do one of those poster board research projects next semester as part of my ethnics class. I plan on doing it on Godzilla. That seems to be the most interesting non-white thing I can think of. I doubt they will let me do a project on high performance Japanese motorcycle engines. Chinese fireworks would be another idea.

      • The__Bobster

        Ah, the “Think System”. Works for me.


    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Give all of them ‘diplomas’, pat them on the head, and send
      them on their way thinking they’ve actually ‘accomplished’ something.”

      And they all get government welfare handout jobs.

  • falsedawn

    these academics sure know how to go on a bit…

  • SheikYerbouti

    I can see why the logical side of this process might be a good idea. Too often students are awarded scholarships and grants they weren’t ready for. Instead of moving forward they lost interest and dropped out. Or they were unable to score high enough on initial tests to meet the minimum and were allowed to drop the class (presumably to make it up later). Always a waste of government aid money in either case. Being able to measure a student’s drive for success, organizational capability and potential for social success may seem like granola-stuffed idealism, but IF it could be approached without the emotional, ‘look the other way and hide the truth justifications for our protected species’, social engineering meddlers gumming up the works; it could be a valuable tool that would save a great deal of money and heartache when we discover that Dontavious should have had 15 years of primary schooling instead of 12.

  • WmarkW

    The next frontier, until someone finds the holy grail of modern academia…

    A standardized test that produces politically correct results.

  • Triarius

    How are they gonna spin this to blame it on poverty or legacy of slavery?

  • Barrack Osama

    Most of the blacks I saw in college had this perpetual deer-in-headlights look in their eyes. There’s no test that such fish so far out of water can succeed at. They’re just going to end up rewriting the rules until they absolve themselves of their white guilt, as usual.

    • pcmustgo

      The ones I met in art school did just fine and were talented and hardworking. The ones I met an elite university (top 25) I attended, about 75% flunked out/transferred out after freshman year.

      • pcmustgo

        I have met a few rare blacks who were as sharp as me in terms of answering every question the teacher put out correctly. They’re rare. Then again, really bright whites are rare, but super smart blacks are even more rare.

  • This idea used to be termed “strivers”; low income and minorities who tried but failed to meet scholastic goals:

  • Achaean

    It is important to understand that Whites, NOT Asians and NOT Jews, are the ones paying the price for affirmative action. See Ron Unz’s article in American Conservative, “The
    myth of American meritocracy: How corrupt are Ivy League admissions?” This forty page
    article shows that Jews are maintaining their over-representation in
    elite universities at a level that is far above levels warranted by
    their academic performance.

    Unz, who is Jewish but has been well trained in a country founded by Whites, estimates that Jews should be around 6% of top students, far lower than the 25% found at elite universities, terming this gap “totally absurd and ridiculous.” Unz notes that, “assuming an admissions system based on the strictest objective meritocracy, we would expect our elite academic institutions to contain nearly five Asians for every Jew; but instead, the Jews are far more numerous, in some important cases by almost a factor of two. This raises obvious suspicions about the fairness of the Ivy League admissions process.”

    The numbers for Jewish over-representation compared to Whites are even
    more striking. “Based on the overall distribution of America’s population, it appears that approximately 65–70 percent of America’s highest ability students are non-Jewish whites, well over ten times the Jewish total of under 6 percent.”

    HENCE, don’t you believe all the rubbish about high IQ Jews and Asians outperforming Whites. Whites have always — and History is testimony to this given that Whites created the best countries — been the most creative people on this planet. Why do you think Jews and Asians love to live inside White countries rather than their own?

    • JohnEngelman

      Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ of any ethnic group known. They average around 112-115, well above the European norm of 100…

      Their numbers among prominent scientists are roughly ten times greater than you’d expect from their share of the population in the United States and Europe. Over the past two generations they have won more than a quarter of all Nobel science prizes, although they make up less than one-six-hundredth of the world’s population. Although they represent less than 3 percent of the U.S. population they son 27 percent of the U.S. Nobel prizes in science…

      American Jews are also over represented in other areas, such as business (where they account for about a fifth of CEOs) and academia (where they make up about 22 percent of Ivy league students).

      – Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending, from “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution,” Chapter 7: “Medieval Evolution: How the Ashkenazi Jews Got Their Smarts,” pages 188, 189, 190.


      • Achaean

        You have been repeating this line over a hundred times without exhibiting the most minimal grasp of actual historical accomplishments. To boot: achievement in the theatre of world history, rather than nerdy classrooms, shows that Whites (the Indo -European Aryans) created the best countries with the greatest paintings, sculptures, philosophy, political theory, poetry, etc, to which the Jews contributed almost nothing besides successful careers in law and medicine after 1850.

        • JohnEngelman

          What I repeat on this website is the overwhelming consensus not only throughout the world, but in articles reproduced here.

          • Achaean

            Your understanding of the human personality is extremely narrow. IQ measures certain intellectual aptitudes, not the overall capabilities of the person. When the IQ difference is 30 points, which is the difference that stands out between sub-Saharan Africans and Whites, then this statistic stands out as very significant in its implications, but when the difference is 3 points, 8 points, or even 10 (and in reference to above average intelligence scores) then these differences cannot be abstracted from other personality attributes. All in all, Whites have the best personality tool kit, high IQ, prowess, sociability, courage, honor…and this is why they created the best civilization for which the Jews ought to be thankful instead of bragging about nerdy IQ exams.

          • JohnEngelman

            The late Professor J. Philippe Rushton, who spoke at six American Renaissance conferences, states in his essay “RACE, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR” that Orientals have lower rates of crime and illegitimacy than whites, so it cannot be said that whites have better personality attributes, and a better sense of honor.


          • pcmustgo

            Well, I agree Asians may be bright on paper but come across as very dull and not intellectually passionate about anything….

            “Is this on the exam?”

          • Sherman_McCoy

            That is my observation. Certain Asian populations are gifted in math (in particular), music (though mostly in very precise rote reproduction of pieces they have memorized), but are short on creativity. Exceptions there are (Yo-Yo Ma is an obvious example). The Ashkenazim seem to be a people where verbal creativity and facility are enhanced, perhaps because their neural networks are wired to make more data available and cross-referenced. This appears to be the benefit while greater occurrences of Tay-Sachs than in the general population might be the price.

            Of course, those are just generalizations, but as a race, I find white people to be have best mixture of beauty, intelligence, creativity, and morality on the planet. And they are the people I prefer to be with. And, of course I feel this way because I am not mentally ill. It is natural and healthy to prefer one’s own.

          • pcmustgo

            Math- Jews
            Verbosity/Comedy (hence their role in Entertainment, Hollywood- Jews
            Music- Blacks
            Design/Drawing (in a boring, predictable way, also playing the violin in a boring way)- Asians
            Everything else- Whites

            Poor Latinos/Amer-Inds aren’t known for anything. Their food is pretty good and I think many have warm personalities… If only they could lower the violent crime rate and get the grades up.
            But most of the world’s food comes from those Amer-Inds, so they weren’t bad farmers.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Don’t forget the black/simian gift for mimicry.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Well, OK. But if I had to choose between a spear-chucking imported african “doctor” or an Ashkenazi surgeon to perform my (insert critical medical procedure here), I know who I would want.

          • The__Bobster

            No, you just keep repeating it overwhelmingly.

          • JohnEngelman

            What I repeat are facts others wish were not true, but cannot deny.

          • pcmustgo

            You guys keep repeating your resentment-of-jews trope over and over and over and over again.

          • SLCain

            And in this case they were completely non-sequitur – wholly non germane to the discussion at hand. But the clown Engelman just had to get in his paeans to the jews, who are his intellectual superiors.

            But then again, nearly everyone is superior to the sack of offal known as Engelman.

          • JohnEngelman

            Insults like that seem to be all you are capable of. Rather than state what you are, I would rather let you reveal it.

          • SLCain

            No, insults are all you merit, slight man.

          • JohnEngelman

            Why? Because I admire Jews and Orientals for reasons I am able to explain by quoting people who have spoken at AR conferences, and linking to articles that have appeared here?

          • SLCain

            Here is what people hear when you speak:

            “Wah, wah, wah”.

            You are a deranged fool – nobody gives a damn what drivel issues forth from your pie-hole.

          • JohnEngelman


            You seem to be the “This comment was deleted” champion around here.

            Your comments get deleted. My news stories get included.

          • SLCain

            Your comments are reviled by those who read this site, you odious piece of garbage.

          • Bob

            “I admire Jews and Orientals”

            Why are their countries unfit to live in, supported by whites, and why do they want to live in countries founded by whites?

        • pcmustgo

          Careers in medicine are admirable.

          Jews are 90% European and 10% middle eastern…

          • There is no such a thing as Mizrahi Jews anymore?

      • Luca

        I only wish they were smart enough to not support what they helped put in the White House.

      • falsedawn

        Sir, You’re correct as far as your point goes. But you fail to mention that Jews have been kicked out of over seventy plus countries over time. How smart is that?

        • JohnEngelman

          They were expelled because people resented them for being too smart.

          Those who hate Jews do not claim that they are inferior. The complaint is that they are “too bright by half.”

          • Achaean

            They are expelled because they are seen to be working against the host’s culture all the while living off this culture.

          • JohnEngelman

            Jews contribute to the culture of every country they live in. The only people who dislike them are people who cannot compete with them.

          • Bob

            “The only people who dislike them are people who cannot compete with them.”

            The only people who dislike them see them for what the cowards and traitors and traitors the are.

          • convairXF92

            Can you say “Marxism”? How about “Deconstructivism”?

          • falsedawn

            Their is such a thing as [too smart for their own good.]

          • tarczan

            The reason Jews are hated is basically the same reason that blacks hate whites.They are smarter.

          • StillModerated

            Wrong! Jews were expelled from nations for financial scams, contract murder, and other forms of moral turpitude.

          • Bob

            “They were expelled because people resented them for being too smart.”

            They were expelled for treason, cowardice, spying, lying, and stealing. With a last name like yours your should those things.

      • StillModerated

        The noted University of Exeter psychology professor, Brian Champness, figured IQ tests as about one third of the measure. Grades on coursework were another third, but much harder to measure was the category “achievement motivation.” Somebody could do well in life with mediocre test grades, an average IQ, but also possessing a vision to fill a need and meet it by thinking outside the box.

      • Bob Wallace

        “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ of any ethnic group known. They
        average around 112-115, well above the European norm of 100…”

        104, not 112-115.

        • JohnEngelman

          Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ of any ethnic group known.
          They average around 112-115, well above the European norm of 100…

          Their numbers among prominent scientists are roughly ten times
          greater than you’d expect from their share of the population in the United
          States and Europe. Over the past two generations they have won more than a
          quarter of all Nobel science prizes, although they make up less than
          one-six-hundredth of the world’s population. Although they represent less than
          3 percent of the U.S. population they son 27 percent of the U.S. Nobel prizes
          in science…

          American Jews are also over represented in other areas, such as
          business (where they account for about a fifth of CEOs) and academia (where
          they make up about 22 percent of Ivy league students).

          – Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending, from “The 10,000
          Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution,” Chapter 7:
          “Medieval Evolution: How the Ashkenazi Jews Got Their Smarts,” pages
          188, 189, 190.

    • pcmustgo


      Jews tend to be more Upper Middle Class than your average (even intelligent/bright) white. Mommy and Daddy can afford that tuition. And room and board and party money.

      Jews probably have pushier parents than the average white.

      Jews DO have higher average IQs than your AVERAGE white.

      There is no conspiracy, sorry.

      • Bob

        “Jews DO have higher average IQs than your AVERAGE white”

        How many Jewish engineers can you name?

        • convairXF92

          I went to engineering school. The Jews tended to hole up in computer science, pure math, and physics. Mech.Eng. was just too redneck.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Truth is racist and racism is the truth.

    • They’ve always gamed the system given half a chance. Problem is that everyone else is catching on. As it implies in the Talmud: “One standard for me and another for thee.”

    • C_C_Conrad

      Money talks.

  • Lewis33

    “minority students struggle on the SAT but excel in other ways”, translated “They are mildly retarded but those naughty jingles they make up are just great!”

    • JohnEngelman

      They look good on the dance floor and the basketball court.

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        Maybe to you but not to me. I use to watch ballroom dancing contests on TV. No blacks. The lighter skinned South Americans are good.

        • robinbishop34

          Yeah but don’t they always pair up a black with a gorgeous girl so he can paw all over her in front of millions of applauding whites?

          • I call the show “Dancing with People NOT LIKE ME”.

            The entire purpose of the show is to promote “alternate lifestyles” and “die-versity”.

    • If I heard the phrase about a black athlete: “He has good football IQ” or “he has good basketball IQ” once, I’ve heard it too many times. First off, I can’t even discern what that means. Second, are sports a form of intelligence akin to real scientific or creative intelligence?

    • bigone4u

      You would be surprised at how many young black males hang out in the quad with their pals, rapping and moonwalking (or whatever the latest moves are) in order to draw crowds of lovely young white coeds who are amused by this “talent.”

      • StillModerated


      • jay11

        You should see dominican immigrant boys and men. So low IQ it is almost tragic. They fast talk, rap, dance all the time – that’s ALL they do! I know because I am around dominicans now every single day at work and outside work. Ugggh!

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Minorities excel at being minorities.

    • StillModerated

      But they make such wonderful tap dancers, saxophone tootlers, demonstration leaders, televangelists, and dope pushers..

  • wattylersrevolt

    This a direct consequence of the passage of the 1965 Native Born White American Annihilating Act of 1965 which has set into motion the unrelenting street by street,town by town,county by county,and state by state race-replacement of the Native Born White American Majority. The open intent is to demographically annihilate us.
    There is no economic justifiction for changing the demographics of America’s Universities and Colleges.The White Liberal Greedy Cheating Class and the predatory hindus in our engineering departments would have us all believe that without a massive influx of nonwhites…well, Native Born White Americans would never be abe to manage. This is a boldface lie. Native Born White Americans managed to put 12 Alpha Native Born White American Males..all test pilots with advanced engineering degrees…on the Moon when America was 90 percent Native Born White American and NASA and 99 percent Native Born White American Male.
    The filthy White Liberal Greedy Cheating Class are the ones responsible for engineering the race-replacement of Native Born White American Youth Populatin on America’s University and College Campuses. White Liberals are truly a filthy bacillus that has infected ou society at its foundations. Is the US National Budget large enough so that there is enough $$$$ to buy the large amounts of Lysol required to disinfect the White Liberal bacillus out of our American living and breeding space?

  • JohnEngelman

    Nowhere does this essay give any indication that noncognitive measures of ability are better predictors of future performance than grades and test scores.

    • bigone4u

      The not so subtle message to professors is to cut these “talented” minority students slack, regardless of how they do on your exams. Curving the grades down is one simple way to do that, so for example, a 35/100 becomes a passing grade. So, these new noncognitve measures are a fraud to get them in, but the fraud must be continued to KEEP them in until the degree is awarded. Then the fraud continues when they get government jobs and pretend to do useful work. FRAUD, FRAUD, FRAUD!

      • JohnEngelman

        Both of my parents worked for the government. Both got their jobs when it was necessary to pass difficult civil service exams to get the jobs, and when there was no race norming for the scores.

        Affirmative action lowers the prestige of government service. It lowers the prestige of blacks and Hispanics who have earned their achievements legitimately.

      • SLCain

        And under the Obama government that Engelman voted for, this fraud will continue to become an even more entrenched policy

  • Another Limey

    I just feel like giving up, frankly.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Why give up? I thought about that some years ago, before I got married, and decided I didn’t care enough to even give up.

  • Joseph Fratz

    That’s perfectly fine.

    They can do all they want to try to bring us down, aside from committing open violence, but whites have still been building civilizations, solving problems, and becoming presidents without institutions.

    Leftists think it’ll work because they believe the only thing that makes a person who they are is brainwashing. They are disbelievers in human nature and think we are white sheets of paper.

    And that is exactly why they WILL inevitably fail.

  • IKantunderstand

    Are you kidding me? If this is what college admissions are resorting to? Why not just make airplanes out of applications, and see which fly the furthest, or, how about, just putting names into one of those big barrels and turn it and randomly pick people. Or, and I really think this is the one they will go with, let’s remove ALL WHITE APPLICANTS. There you go, impeccably, perfectly, diverse.

  • splitsing

    Oh NOW they want to know. Never mind the whites that were just poor at taking tests for the last few generations. Better to make things right for bantus and third worlders.

  • dd121

    “metacognitive learning skills.” Read: “stupid but full of jive”. I’m sure that will cure the white-negro gap in education.

  • bigone4u

    Although white American “patriots” constantly hold Texas up as an example of independent thinking, the worst PC gang in the country is the University of Texas System. The Austin liberals there work hard to think up new ways to implement “affirmative action.” With Texas whites already a minority or nearly so, the idiots in Austin have decided that NOW everyone should have a college degree, black, white, Asian, and especially Hispanic. This necessitates all sorts of twists and distortions in admissions policies.
    Of course, the professors love it because the gravy train keeps chugging along, based on artificial demand. Many of the minority students are already mothers and fathers when they enter as freshman. They have no interest in learning, but a strong interest in a degree, which puts them on the gravy train to a high paying government job. Many of them also don’t quite understand that they will have to pay back student loans. Apparently, university recruiters offer them hope that the loans will go away. The professors, the honest ones, are put between a rock and a hard place. Do you maintain standards and fail 75 percent or do you cave and make the administrators happy? Many of them fail simply because they never come to class or take an exam. At one of the UT system majority-minority campuses, about 9 out of 10 graduates never find approriate jobs. And those are the ones that graduate.
    At one UT system campus one of the black professors (untenured) was fired for giving too many low grades in a GRADUATE level business class. Since he was Nigerian he did not receive the support of the usual civil rights groups, but then again he was trying to maintain standards. When there’s pressure to give away MBAs, you know there’s trouble.
    The entire system of American higher education, with the possible exception of some private schools, is corrupt. It is my fondest hope that the taxpayers will begin to understand that and demand change.

  • The Final Solution

    “Noncognitive Learning” now there’s an oxymoron! What utter BS! Nothing but a politically correct ploy to rationalize letting low-IQ populations into colleges to achieve “equal outcomes”. Now Jamal and Tyrone can be admitted based on beat boxing, rollin dice, throwin bones, shuckin and jiving, and other obviously “non-cognitive” functions. Who are white men to say what intelligence is? Cultural relativism is the tool of the Marxist.

    • It doesn’t matter if those people with low IQs are let into colleges as long as they don’t pass the classes. As long as they fail the classes and drop out it doesn’t really matter. Just because someone is let in doesn’t mean they will actually pass the classes and get the degree. It’s the same as high school.

  • IstvanIN

    College is already a poor replacement for pre-1980s high school, now they want to make it a poor replacement for 3rd grade?

  • So what this means is that it is going to be harder for white and Asian applicants who have the best grades and test scores to get into college? This is just so that the school can claim how diverse they are by having a few Hispanics and blacks who cannot do the work.

    • What this means is that in a global community that still expects results, America is going to be turned into a 3rd world s**thole to satisfy the needs of PC idiots.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Over the last decade, a handful of colleges have designed “noncognitive”
    assessments to measure attributes—like leadership and the ability to
    meet goals—that content-based tests do not. Succeeding in college often
    requires initiative and persistence, or what some researchers call

    So basically they will have a scavenger hunt to see if they stay focused.

  • APaige

    High School GPAs show ‘grit’, determination, etc. But integrity? Asians will have trouble with that one. The Economist had an article about U.S Schools trying to set up programs in China, and a Yale Prof was complaining about plagiarism and how it was acceptable by everyone.

  • shattered

    They’ll be there to suck up the student loans for a couple years and then drop out and default. It’s just a chance to get some “free” government money.

  • YoungWhite&Invisible

    Timely article. After taking the written exam for the NJSP, I was informed that I was not selected to move forward in the hiring process. FYI, Im a 30 yr old honorably discharged Sgt of the USMC, 2 tours in Iraq, and one time 1st Marine Division ‘Marine of the Year.’

    The exam had four parts. I scored above average on the ONLY portion of the exam that measured cognitive abilities. The other parts of the “exam” were more akin to a highschooler’s Facebook personality quiz. It was little more than 1) what’s your favorite color? 2) Your coworkers would describe you as… 3) Your teachers would say you are (fill in the blank) compared to your peers.

    The final segment of the exam was called the Life Experiences Survey. I scored well below average according to the politically correct private consulting firm that designed the exam and grades them too. Apparently, the early to mid 20’s recent college grad has more pertinent life experience in relation to things like physical fitness, attention to detail, leadership, defensive driving, military style discipline, weapons handling, proper use of lethal and non-lethal force etc than does, say, a two time combat veteran with a proven meritorious service record! However, the exam didnt have an open-ended essay segment and at no time during the Facebook style questionnaire was there an opportunity for someone like myself to reveal my ‘Life Experiences.’ It was quite clear to me that the test was not designed to find the best and most qualified candidates for the position but instead find the ones with the correct skin color/s and genetalia.

    It is now so blatantly obvious that we are as far from a meritocracy as can be imagined that only the mental midgets of white Americans fail to see it. I deeply regret ever being naive enough to have desired to ‘serve’ a nation that existed only in my youthful imagination and not in real life. Our government doesnt even have the respect for YT to pretend to be serving our interests. Theyve long ago dropped all pretenses of doing so. As a young, heterosexual, white, male veteran I feel as though I am public enemy #1. It appears TPTB think the best use of your young white sons is to be uniformed natural resource raiders and Israel’s private mercenary force. Wake up whitey! Your posterity depends on it.

    • Look on the bright side (and there is a bright side): Everyone now sees what a joke the country has become since the ’60’s that we won’t have to deal with it much longer.

      If you apply for another government position and are feeling a little cheeky, tell them something like you think you’d be great for the job because you’re a black, muslim female trapped in the body of a white, christian male. I’d bet you’d soon be on the career fasttrack.

      Semper Fi, and thank you for your service.

    • panjoomby

      thank you for your service to our country. as a navy corpsman back in the 70s & 80s we first started seeing this in our evals in the late 70s, which all added a clause “petty officer X supports equal opportunity & equal bla bla bla” which we just signed without thinking. it was the first innocent step toward what you see happening now. i’m sorry that at the time we didn’t notice or even think to protest or refuse to sign it. this stuff has been slowly seeping in – yet the military psychometrists/ASVAB folks know damn well the difference in mean IQ/test scores by race – & how these ability tests are NOT biased & they predict performance accurately no matter what race a person is. but the military psychologists keep that info on the “down-low.” (& parrot phrases about environmental causes, etc.) It is frustrating & maddening. but again, thank you for serving our country. panjoomby

  • Sherman_McCoy

    I wants to be a scientist ‘n sheeit.

  • KenelmDigby

    …..and their you have it, one of the ‘benefits’ of diversity. Academic institutions queitly giving up on academicism and becoming imposters of their former selves. Of course you’ll have to mine through a veritable thicket of verbiage, bluster, rationalization, obfuscation, self deceit and self justification to get to the root of all this. To put it bluntly, due to the demographic diaster they no longer have the ‘raw material’, so they turn into colleges that exist just for the sake of being colleges.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    This reminds me of the FDNY test. Lots of blacks didn’t even realize they were being dissed by the judge. This is what the judge said, “The new FDNY tests must focus less on cognitive items and more on practical items”. Translation: “We need to dumb the test down so blacks can get in”. Shortly after that they fired tons of white firefighters to make room for unqualified blacks, and those blacks were compensated from the amount of time they first took the test to now.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    Education. By retards for retards.

  • archer

    Just when you thought you heard everything. Now we are told that a student in high school who was a slug and did poorly on their SAT’s will somehow improve their work ethic and finish 4 yrs. of college. Yes, I see it makes perfect sense, they will “grit” their way through college.

  • scutum

    Another attempt to compensate for lower IQ minorities. The left knows the genie is out of the bottle on genetics and IQ, and that its just a metter of time before the stats become public knowledge. So they are scrambling to find another method they can use to continue their affirmative action lottery in employment and education. This is not only transparent, it’s pathetic.

    The author also appears to be unfamilair with the old addage that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. You also cannot make a neurosurgeon out of Demetrius with his IQ of 85, no matter how well he does on the “non-cognitive or metrogonitive skill tests”.

  • SLCain

    I vote against all increases in spending for public education, both lower and higher. It has become nothing more than a racket. White people should just opt out of these institutions, which have been hijacked and are now used against us.

    • you are right, our education system is no different than the cold-war era USSR, it is a tool to control the masses.

  • Non-cognitive? what do they want to do, use an applicants 100m sprint times in the admission criteria?

  • C_C_Conrad

    This sounds like another Liberal, very expensive bureaucratic nightmare. Of course it will fail and whites & Asians will move, as they always do, to the head of the line.
    Jack’s War

  • SLCain

    To the editors:

    I said that John Engelman deserves nothing but insults.

    He does.

    I said he is a slight man.

    He is.

    His every post drips with contempt for everyone here, and – if you think about it – for the very ideas this site espouses. Perhaps you are unable to see this because of his fawining, toad-like obsequiousness toward Jared Taylor. I would have thought you better men than that. Given that nearly every response he posts to anyone here is an insult, perhaps you could see fit to delete one of HIS posts, rather than mine. All I have done is state the truth.

    If you can not tell the difference between friend and enemy, you are not worth the candle anyway.

  • tacheles

    This represents a continuation of the obscurantist, futile medieval quest of turning a lump of coal into gold. It’s alchemy dressed up in modern clothes.

  • whitepony87

    Are they pretty much coming out and admitting that most africans and hispanics are retarded? Because that is what I am gathering from this.

  • tgb

    Just need to vent. My daughter goes to an all girls college.The tuition and fees total up to about 50k. I just found out that the girl she shares a room with received more merit scholarships, even though her SAT scores were about 40% lower than my daughters and a much lower GPA. She also received more assistance based on income, even though I am a full time student/single mother of four on a VERY limited income, and the girls parents earn over 60k per year. I know that this school is having it’s hand forced on being more inclusive, but this is ridiculous.Oh her roomy is black