Recruiting a Diverse Student Body Using Noncognitive Variables

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Recruiting a Diverse Student Body Using Noncognitive Variables 21 July 2009 online NOTE: Payment is not required before event. A diverse student body can be achieved through recruiting using a model that will appeal to the skills & abilities that students from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds will need to succeed in higher education. A model employing noncognitive variables shown to reflect those skills and abilities will be discussed.Noncognitive variables shown to correlate with the success of students from diverse backgrounds will be presented and discussed. These variables have been employed in a variety of educational settings for recruiting and assessment. William E. Sedlacek - one of the nations leading authorities on the topic of noncognitive assessment - challenges the use of the SAT and other standardized tests as the sole assessment tool for college and university admissions. In his book, Beyond the Big Test, Sedlacek presents a noncognitive assessment method that can be used in concert with the standardized tests. This assessment measures what students know by evaluating what they can do and how they deal with a wide range of problems in different contexts. Beyond the Big Test is filled with examples of assessment tools and illustrative case studies that clearly show how educators have used this innovative method to: *Select a class diverse on dimensions of race, gender, and culture in a practical, legal, and ethical way *Teach a diverse class employing techniques that reach all students *Counsel and advise students in ways that consider their culture, race, and gender *Award financial aid to students with potential who do not necessarily have the highest grades and test scores *Assess the readiness of an institution to educate and provide services for a diverse student body Objectives Participants will learn how to assess, understand, present, and discuss noncognitive variables in recruiting programs. How these variables can be employed with various audiences such as students, parents, faculty, administrators, politicians etc. will be discussed. Who should attend? *Recruiting and Admissions Staff *College Admission Counselors *Deans *Vice Presidents *Central Administrative Staff *Faculty *Student Service Professionals *Financial Aid Personnel *Anyone interested in an approach to students that goes beyond the typical evaluation and student development systems Who is the speaker? William E. Sedlacek is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Iowa State University and a Ph. D. from Kansas State University. He is senior author of Racism in American education: A model for change (with Brooks), and a measure of racial attitudes, The Situational Attitude Scale (SAS). He authored Beyond the big test: Noncognitive assessment in higher education and has published extensively in professional journals on a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, college admissions, advising, and employee selection. He has served as editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Also, he has consulted with more than 300 different organizations, colleges, and universities on interracial and intercultural issues, and has served as an expert witness in race and sex discrimination cases. In 1992, he received the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award "for research affecting directional changes in the field of counseling and college student personnel work" which was presented by the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 1993, he received the John B. Muir Editors Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for his article entitled "Employing noncognitive variables in the admission and retention of nontraditional students." In 1997, he received the research award from ACA for his article entitled "An empirical method of determining nontraditional group status" published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. In 1998, he was named a Senior Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and became a Diplomate in 2003. In 2002, he was recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree, for his service and research in student affairs and in 2004 he received the Contribution to Knowledge Award from ACPA for "outstanding contributions to the profession’s body of knowledge through publications, films, speeches, instructions, tapes, and other forms of communication." In 2005 he received a Campus Model of Excellence award from the Office of Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Maryland for research "affecting the lives of African Americans." His latest book is Beyond the big test: Noncognitive assessment in higher education yTitle/productCd-0787960209.html Enquiries: