Does College Admissions Criteria Capture Creativity?

by Scott Barry Kaufman

Creativity and imagination are particularly important skills in this century, considering how quickly this world is changing. Perhaps more than ever before, this world needs people who are not only quick learners, but who are also reflective learners as well as creators of new knowledge; those who have the capacity to not only absorb what is, but also have the foresight to envision what could be. Just how much are traditional college entrance procedures missing out on these crucial creative skills? New research suggests that we may be actively penalizing our most creative students.

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