26th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (San Francisco, CA, USA - May 22-25, 2014)

APS Award Address

Measurement in a Complex World: The Case of Noncognitive Assessments in College Admissions

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Continental Ballroom 5-6

Neal  Schmitt

Neal Schmitt
Michigan State University

A decade of research aimed at supplementing the SAT or ACT with assessments of noncognitive measures is described. We assessed the validity and impact of the use of these measures on differential subgroup selection rates, acceptability of the measures to various constituencies, susceptibility to faking and coaching, and potential use as a counseling tool. Failure to use these measures and others (e.g., the military, law school admissions) in spite of positive research evidence is examined.

Neal Schmitt is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research and their impact on a critical problem in society.

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