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OSU Update

June 14, 2011

Oklahoma State University applicants face a new kind of application

STILLWATER, Okla. — Students applying for enrollment at Oklahoma State University this fall face a different set of questions than applicants in previous years.

OSU’s enrollment management department is implementing an application program this summer to help identify applicants who may not fare as well on standardized tests but could still be a good fit for the university.

The new application is a part of an initiative to help enrollment officials get a better idea of the levels of creativity among their applicants, said Kyle Wray, associate vice president for enrollment management.

Wray spoke to the OSU Faculty Council Tuesday about the project, called the Panorama Program.

The application includes questions that gauge applicants’ level of ability in a number of areas, including ability to distinguish relevant statements from irrelevant ones, ability to evaluate the worth of an idea and ability to develop sound opinions based on a given set of facts and reasoning, Wray said.

The program is also designed to evaluate creative skills, such as examining the unknown and considering how the world would be different if a certain set of circumstances exist, Wray said.

The idea for the program is based on similar programs at Yale University and Tufts University.

The program won’t replace standardized tests in the university’s applicant evaluation process, Wray said, but will be used in addition to tests like the ACT and the SAT. 

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