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Robots or Aliens as Parents? Colleges Gauge Applicants’ Creativity



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/education/robots-or-aliens-as-parents-colleges-gauge-applicants-creativity.html?_r=0

A growing number of universities are straying away from traditional essay questions for their student candidate applications. GPAs, SAT scores, and template essays only say so much about a student. Universities are looking for future leaders, which require creative thinking to navigate a rapidly evolving and demanding environment.

"...at a time when some elite colleges worry that high school students are more likely to be high achievers than independent thinkers, oddball essay questions offer a way to determine which of the A-student, high-test-score, multi-extracurricular applicants can also show a spark of originality."