Goucher, the small institution located near Baltimore, Maryland has implemented a new policy whereby prospective students can send in a two-minute video of themselves in place of … high school transcripts.
Under the policy announced this month by Goucher, a 1,400-student liberal arts college near Baltimore, a prospective student may apply by submitting two pieces of work (at least one of them a graded high school writing assignment) and a two-minute video, rather than a high school transcript. José A. Bowen, Goucher’s new president, readily admits that he has no idea how many applicants will go that route, how many will be accepted or whether they will work out.
“This is an experiment, and there are plenty of reasonable objections,” he said. “We’re going to track these students, and we’ll really know in a year. If the kids who did video apps do worse than others, we’ll stop. If they do just as well or better, colleges around the country will be doing it.”
President Bowen is known for such radical ideas. He has pondered, among other things, “doing away with grades,” and “having students declare a mission rather than a major.”
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