Introduction: Should the SAT Be Erased? (02:50)
Moderator John Donvan outlines the debate topic and introduces panelists. Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin and Author and Academic Fredrik deBoer state their positions.
College Admissions Tool (09:40)
The SAT only predicts first year academic performance and heavily correlates to wealth. Racial and class stratification exists in all educational data. Panelists disagree on the efficacy of using GPA as an indicator.
SAT Indicator (09:46)
DeBoer believes the SAT screens in a particular population and screens out a particular privileged population; parents can "lean on" GPAs. Cashin supports an SAT optional movement and looking holistically at a student's file; universities should be forced to be equality innovators.
2020\2021 Admissions Cycle (09:13)
DeBoer cautions against using the pandemic to draw conclusions. He discusses the negative impact of competitive college admissions, affirmative action, and university self-interest. Cashin states that the applicant pool at selective universities became more diverse during the pandemic; optional testing makes the system fairer.
Accurate Predictor? (06:58)
Panelists discuss the results of a SAT Twitter poll. Cashin believes the SAT is a tool for opportunity hoarding and exclusion. Panelists recall taking the SATs.
Student "Quality" (06:17)
A study suggests that students with high SAT scores are less "other regarding." Cashin considers what should count as merit and how to identify students that exhibit those qualities.
SAT Optional (04:31)
More students voluntarily took the SAT in the last cycle than in the previous year, believing it would provide an advantage. We have a responsibility to address racial and socioeconomic inequalities. Universities were not founded on the goal of being just societal partners.
Intelligence Squared (01:13)
Donvan thanks panelists and listeners, encourages continued funding of the program, and cites the names of key individuals. IQ2 works to combat extreme polarization through civil discourse.
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