Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Redefining the Admissions Game


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is working on a way to throw out the old ways of determining which students deserve a shot at the school. Students may soon have a different way to gain acceptance to Rose-Hulman and gone with be the days of filling out standard admissions applications and waiting while the powers that be factor in test scores, high school transcripts and various other factors.

Jim Goeker, enrollment chief at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is ready to see something from students besides their extracurricular activities and who their hero is. He instead wants to know more about the individual student and what they are going to do to succeed during their higher education.

Goeker says, “We’re beginning to see it tells us more about success in college, which to me is more important than which book I’d take to a desert island and why.”

So, what is the proposed change? Well, according to Goeker, it could very well be in the form of a personality test. The admissions office is working hard on implementing a new psychology tool into the admissions process in hopes of find better ways to determine the compatibility of new students.

The new tool has been dubbed “the locus of control” and presents applicants with statements that will require a true of false answer based upon how the student feel about the presented statement. It is possible for applicants to see statements like “I’m going to college because it’s expected of me,” or “Studying every day is important.”

The grading is done on a rubric to see if you fall into a range of people that feel like they run the show or into the group that feels like life happens to them without any control on their part. The students who feel in control of their lives are said to have an internal locus of control and are more likely to become successful during their education and future.

It is this type of applicant that is sought out by Rose-Human. Goeker says of those with an internal locus of control, “They see themselves as being able to control the outside world. It’s really about taking advantage of opportunities.”

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