Noncognitive Assessment: Achieving Diversity in Recruiting, Admissions & Post-Matriculation Programs

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William E. Sedlacek, one of the nation's 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 diverse class 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
  • Conduct research using noncognitive variables

This webinar will take a close look at the assessment methods and case studies presented in Sedlacek’s book. Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of noncognitive variables and their role in recruiting, admissions, scholarship selection, student services, teaching, advising, and research.

  • Identify noncognitive variables and learn how to measure and use them in a variety of educational settings
  • Discuss examples of noncognitive variable use in recruiting, admissions, scholarship selection, student services, teaching, advising, and research
  • Address the usefulness of the noncognitive variable system for all students, particularly when working with students of color and those who have experienced discrimination
  • Discover current uses by two- and four-year colleges and universities, professional and graduate schools, as well as secondary schools and foundations
  • Review and discuss the latest research studies on this model
  • Recruiting and Admissions Staff
  • Foundation Executives
  • Deans
  • Scholarship Program Staff
  • Faculty
  • Student Services
  • Financial Aid Personnel
  • Anyone interested in an approach to students that goes beyond the typical evaluation and student development systems

William E. Sedlacek is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned Bachelors and Masters 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. He has also published more than 350 articles in professional journals on a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, college admissions, advising, and employee selection.

William 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 professions 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.

In 2010 he was made a Fellow of The American Counseling Association for significant and unique contributions to scientific achievement in the counseling profession. In 2011 he received the William R. Bud Thomas Mentoring Award from the University of Maryland for excellence in sustained, developmental mentoring of graduate college student personnel students.

The article, Student Retention and the Use of Campus Facilities by Race in National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Journal by Mallinckrodt & Sedlacek was selected as one of 21 outstanding articles in the history of the journal.

His book, Beyond the Big Test: Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education is available from

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