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Day 1: April 15, 2009 (Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center)

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

  • Jill Tiefenthaler, Provost, Wake Forest University

Session 1 – Evaluating Standardized Testing, Part 1
Claudia Buchmann, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University. 
Discussing:  The Myth of Meritocracy: SAT Preparation, College Enrollment, Class
 and Race in the U.S
John Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education
University of California at Berkeley. Discussing:  Admissions at the University of
Kevin Rask, Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University.  Discussing: Predictors
of  College Success:  The Importance of SATs, High  School Grades and Curriculum 

Robert Schaeffer, Public Education Director for FairTest


Session 2 - Evaluating Standardized Testing, Part 2
Thomas Espenshade, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate of the Office of
Population Research, Princeton University.  Discussing:  Diversity Implications of
SAT-Optional Admission Policies Among Selective Institutions
Nathan R. Kuncel, Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor, Department of
Psychology, University of Minnesota.  Discussing:  Some Things You Should Know
Jesse Rothstein, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton
University.  Discussing:  SAT Scores, High Schools, and Collegiate Performance
Jessica VanParys, Economics Department, University of Georgia.  Discussing: How
well does the new SAT explain first-year college outcomes by race and  gender?

Akbar Salam,  Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wake Forest University

Lunch Break

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.



Session 3Crafting a Class:  The Academic and Social Goals of Admissions
Arlene Cash, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Spelman College.    
Discussing:  Hidden Promise:  Accessing Excellence through the Enrollment Process
Sally Donahue, Director of Financial Aid and Senior Admissions Officer, Harvard
University.  Discussing:  Admissions considerations of socio-economic factors
Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Admissions, Duke University

Martha Allman, Director of Admissions, Wake Forest University


Welcoming Remarks

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Nathan O. Hatch, President

Keynote Address: "Slumdog Ivy Leaguer"

  • Daniel Golden, Senior Editor at Conde Nast Portfolio, former Deputy Bureau Chief Boston Bureau, Wall Street Journal, and author of The Price of Admission (2006)

Reception (Green Room, Reynolda Hall)

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 


Day 2: April 16, 2009 (Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center)

Session 1 – Assessing the High School Record
Greg Roberts, Dean of Admissions, University of Virginia.  Discussing: Access
and Opportunity for Low Income High School Students:  Recruiting and
Enrolling High Achieving,  High Need Students at the University of Virginia
 Lloyd Thacker, Director, Education Conservancy.  Discussing: Cultivating
Studenthood: Sending Signals, Influencing Behavior
Bruce Walker, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions, University of Texas
at Austin.  Discussing:  Overcoming the Effects of Social Structure on College-
going Behavior and College Success: Texas and the Top 10% Solution
Peter M. Siavelis, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow and Associate


Professor, Department of Political Science, Wake Forest University


Session 2 – How to Predict Engaged and Successful Students         
Steve Chatman, Project Director, Student Experience in the Research
University, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. 
Discussing: Recognizing and Then Using Disciplinary Patterns of the

Scott Highhouse, Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 

Bowling Green State University.  Discussing: Cautions on the Use of

Holistic Assessment: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Omari Swinton, Assistant Professor, Howard University.  Discussing: 
Noncognitive Ability, College Learning, and Student Retention
     Eric R. Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wake Forest University


Lunch Break

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Session 3 – Outcomes Assessment: Evaluating College Ranking  
Systems and the Meaning of College Success
Jeffrey Brenzel, Dean of Admissions, Yale University.  Discussing: Beyond
Rankings: Providing Better Information for College Choices
Robert Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report. 
Discussing:  College Rankings: The good, the bad, and the ugly
 Richard Vedder, Professor of Economics, Ohio University.  Discussing: 
Assessing University Performance: The Role of Rankings
Michele Gillespie, Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives and Kale


Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University


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