Grit Scores and College Admissions | Diana Senechal

In an op-ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Rebecca Zwick asks whether measures of college applicants’ “grit” (and other character qualities) should figure in admissions decisions. From there, she offers several arguments for caution (such efforts are not always benign, character traits are difficult to measure, and they may not even be malleable). Her essay begins:

Grit is the four-letter word that colleges want to hear, according to a website offering advice to applicants. Grit, which encompasses characteristics like perseverance, determination, and the ability to delay…

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