Bill Barrow Journalist, New Orleans Times Picayune
Bill Barrow is a capital bureau reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, where he has worked since November 2006. Before coming to the Times-Picayune, Barrow worked five years for the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala., where he covered Alabama politics and higher education. A native of Bay Minette, Ala., Barrow graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in journalism.
What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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