Saul Geiser
Research Associate

Higher Ed

  • Assessment
  • Entrance exams

Saul Geiser is a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctorate in sociology from UC Berkeley and taught there before joining the University of California’s Office of the President in 1981. Geiser served as director of admissions research for the University of California system after Californians voted to end affirmative action in 1996, and he helped redesign UC admissions policy. His work has focused on issues of equity and predictive validity in college admissions. Geiser’s research on achievement testing has influenced the College Board’s decision to revise the SAT in the direction of a more curriculum-based test. His work has contributed to the development of a number of new admissions policies, including UC’s policy on eligibility in the local fontext, which guaranteed admission to the top 4 percent – and now top 9 percent – of students in each California high school. In addition to admissions research, Geiser directed the evaluation of UC’s outreach programs to disadvantaged students and schools in California.