Friday, July 10, 2009

College News Round-Up 2: Personality Edition

Wendy Kopp '89 talks to the New York Times about running Teach for America (TFA), including her ideas on hiring, a issue of interest on a campus where more than 100 members of the class of 2008 applied for TFA position.

Kopp said, "Are these people who operate with a relentless pursuit of results, and with a sense of possibility and disciplined thought and respect and humility and integrity? I’ll just dive into people’s pasts and try to look for evidence of that. And then if it seems like someone would be a fit here, based on that, then we’ll actually try to simulate the job."

ETS debuts the Personality Potential Index, a new set of test scores for graduate school admissions. It allows professors to grade a student's character on subjects such as teamwork, integrity and creativity which are then converted into numerical scores.

Peter Winn, Sonia Sotomayor '76's senior thesis adviser, writes about teaching the Supreme Court nominee through her years at Princeton.