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Applicants Not Meeting the Addmission Criteria

Applicants who have a Graduate Record Examination verbal aptitude score of more than 140 but less than 150, and a Graduate Record Examination mathematics subscale of greater than 128 but less than 140 or an MAT score of more than 378 but less than 388 (but who fulfill all other program entrance criteria), may be granted "conditional acceptance status" leading to the doctoral qualifying examination pending inclusion and acceptance of a Letter of Petition (see below) submitted with the application.

Letter of Petition: Students who do not meet doctoral program entrance requirements for full admission leading to the doctoral qualifying examination, but who do meet "conditional acceptance" criteria must accompany their applications with a Letter of Petition. Students who neither meet full nor conditional acceptance criteria leading to the doctoral qualifying examination, but who request further consideration for acceptance to the Doctoral Program in Language and Literacy, must accompany their applications with a Letter of Petition. The Letter of Petition should present alternative evidence of qualification for success in a doctoral program. Alternative evidence should not be a restatement of evidence that has already been taken into consideration on the admission form.

Alternative evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. High scores on alternative standardized examinations (e.g., Praxis) that measure ability in the domain in question.

  2. Passing scores on program alternative examinations that measure ability in the domain in question as rated by at least two independent reviewers. For example, an on-site writing examination could provide alternative evidence regarding verbal skills.

  3. Disaggregated date from the applicant's transcript described in context, such as:

    • a. high grades in specific courses that contradict low test scores in that area (e.g., high grades in mathematics that contradict low quantitative GRE's);

    • b. type and accreditation status of the institution(s) at which courses were taken or degrees obtained;

    • c. GPA - degree of difficulty of major;

    • d. Explanation of transcript such as improvement over time or specific circumstances for semesters of poor performance;

    • e. Clarification of the match between applicants' qualifications and the demands of the degree.

  4. Evidence that the applicant does not score well on standardized tests, but it is still likely to be academically successful (e.g., low SAT scores and undergraduate success).

Final recommendation to admit, reject, or postpone the student's application to the Doctoral Program in Language and Literacy shall be made by the faculty of the Language and Literacy Program based on a total analysis of student's profile and availability of advisors.

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