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The Grécourt Gate welcomes feedback from our readers. Let us know how you feel about our coverage of the Smith community, or if you have a response to a particular story published on The Gate. Please submit letters to Eric Weld, The Gate editor, at We will publish responses in this space. (All published letters are subject to editing and must be no more than 200 words in length.)

May 22, 2008

After posting a press release on The Gate this week about Smith's adoption of an SAT-optional admission policy, we heard from several readers (i.e. alumnae, high school guidance counselors) with appreciative responses about the college's decision. Here is a sample of those responses.

From Courtney Masland Skerrit, director of college counseling, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.:

"What great news! Test optional policies give students choice in a process where so much seems out of their hands. This move certainly speaks to Smith's dedication to equality and social justice. A great move."

From Jennifer Jacobs ’88, AAC for central Penn.:

"I am thrilled to hear this news. I often stress to my potential recruits that Smith has always 'looked at the whole person' during the yearly selection process. I am confident that Smith will implement this new policy in a way that will continue to invite the best possible candidates to join its student body."

From Susan Hodge ’73, senior director of development, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, S.C.:

"My immediate reaction is to disagree that this will 'improve' the entering classes."

From Howard Wornek, counselor, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, Calif.:

"As an educator, I applaud your decision and I hope to see that Smith was in the lead in a national trend among American colleges and universities. Standardized testing has become an uncontrollable monster in the lives of American school students and teachers. Thank you for your vision and courage to step away from the pack and to judge your prospective students on the basis of factors other than their performance on this impersonal and overused method of selection."

From Tom Mortenson, education analyst, Post Secondary Opportunities, Oskaloosa, Iowa:

"Smith has always been well ahead of the curve. You guys are among my (small) pantheon of heroes! I meet your graduates in outstanding positions in many, many places."

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