After the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, American universities made the unprecedented decision to shutter their campuses and send students home.
To account for the disruption brought to students’ lives, many universities instituted pass-fail grading policies, relaxed their admissions requirements, and enacted other temporary adjustments to traditional measures of student performance.
Many of these changes, however, are turning out to be far more than temporary. Some universities are stretching their lax admissions policies for the next several years. Others are claiming that grading students’ work based on merit is “white supremacy.”
Here are five examples of skepticism toward objective performance in schools that point to a decline in American higher education.
Stanford University — No MCAT necessary for medical students
Stanford University decided that they would admit students to medical school without the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
As the Association of American Medical Colleges describes, the MCAT “is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving,