The Meaning of Merit
As college admissions officers continue the search to find meaningful metrics to evaluate students, the definition of ‘merit’ has transformed. With less emphasis on standardized tests, admissions processes have become increasingly more subjective, opening themselves to greater legal scrutiny. In light of ongoing affirmative action proceedings, college administrators have joined forces with lawyers to restructure admissions policies to include broader descriptions of merit. Insider Higher Ed takes a deeper look at this evolving process.