Friday, December 10, 2021

Kuncel on Reference Letter’s Contribution to Inequity

Headshot of Dr. Nathan Kuncel
An Inside Higher Ed article titled, “Recommendation Letters and Bias in Admissions,” explores how the 'letter of reference' has contributed to inequities accessing higher education and beyond. Nathan Kuncel, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, endorses the idea of using behaviorally anchored ratings to help reduce bias and get more useful information from references about applicants. These ratings help answer behavioral questions such as, “Does the student participate a lot in class?”

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