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'Dear Cal' letters allow Berkeley to make better admission decisions

To the editor: For decades the University of California system, Ivy League schools and other academic assemblages have been pondering the question, “GPA, SAT, ACT — is that all there is?” ("Can a Dear Cal letter get you into Berkeley?," op-ed, July 26) Could there be more to a student than grades and success on tests? What about creativity, leadership, imagination and ingenuity? If we want to create the shapers of tomorrow's world, shouldn't we also consider these intangible things? Op-Ed article author Ben Wildavsky and others who are skeptical of  UC Berkeley's new policy of accepting letters of recommendation must realize that grades...

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