Is Constrained Optimization the Future of Admissions? [Ep.85]

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Zwick. Rebecca is a researcher at ETS where she holds the title of Distinguished Presidential Appointee. 

She earned her doctorate in Quantitative Methods in Education at UC Berkeley and her postdoctoral fellowship was at the Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Her recent work has focused on test validity and fairness and she wrote the 2017 book Who Gets In? Strategies for Fair and Effective College Admissions.

Interested in reading more about constrained optimization? Check out this reading list!

Zwick, R. (2017).  Crafting a class.  In Who gets in? Strategies for fair and effective college admissions, pp. 173-185.  Harvard University Press.

Zwick, R., Ye, L., & Isham, S. (2019).  Using constrained optimization to increase the representation of students from low-income neighborhoods. Applied Measurement in Education, 32, 281-297.

Zwick, R. (2020). Using mathematical models to improve access to postsecondary education. In M. E. Oliveri & C. Wendler (Eds.), Higher education admissions practices: An international perspective, pp. 333-346. Cambridge University Press.

Zwick, R., Blatter, A., Ye, L., & Isham, S. (2020).  Using constrained optimization with an index of admission obstacles to increase the diversity of college classes, Educational Assessment. 


About the Author

Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl

Peter Baron is EMA's chief member relations officer, responsible for the creation and oversight of our external programs as well as our membership promise. He oversees marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. Hans Mundahl is EMA's director of professional development and has been an educator since 1995, when he first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then, Hans has taught in a variety of settings, including as an Outward Bound instructor, classroom teacher, house parent, and in higher ed. Hans has served in just about every role possible in an independent school including as an admission officer, program leader, trustee, and head of school.

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