University admissions officers and scholarship organizations tend rely on traditional data — standardized test scores, grade point averages — as the most efficient way to identify promising scholars. But many educators today believe that less quantifiable traits like “grit” and “self control” are better predictors of academic success, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kojo explores innovative ways to identify students typically overlooked by the current admissions process.


  • Tamara Wilds Lawson Director, Posse Foundation, D.C.
  • Katherine Roboff D.C. Metro Executive Director, Higher Achievement
  • David Thomas Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; author "Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America" (Harvard Business Press) and "Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County" (Harvard Education Press)

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