Published: May 26, 2021

CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano applauded Gov. Jared Polis for signing HB21-1067 College Admission Use Of National Test Score into law Tuesday.

The bill ends a state requirement for higher education admissions to consider national assessment scores such as the SAT and ACT. As the chancellor detailed in an op-ed earlier this year, SAT and ACT scores can present a barrier to lower-income students, and removing that barrier puts Colorado higher education institutions in line with peer institutions across the country.

“While students can still submit national test scores if they choose, this bill will help students by reducing inequality in college admissions,” DiStefano said. “Reducing barriers to the college admissions process creates more equity and helps us fulfill our responsibility as the state’s flagship public research university to educate all Colorado students regardless of financial means and backgrounds.”

Polis also signed a bill eliminating the consideration of legacy status in the college admissions process, which CU Boulder also supported.

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