North Carolina's Wake Forest University says it will no longer require students to submit SAT or ACT scores as a prerequisite for gaining admission, becoming the first university ranked among the country's top 30 to make the high-stakes exams optional. In a Washington Post column, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch says the college hopes the decision will encourage more low-income students to pursue and earn a bachelor's degree; he cites a growing body of research that links performance on the SAT with household income, which in turn creates an uneven playing field with respect to college access for less-affluent students.

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