Starting with applicants for the fall 2016 semester, students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet certain other criteria may substitute the ACT or SAT score requirement for an interview that addresses the student’s experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
Not quite a growing trend but not unprecedented.
BTW, one of these things is not like the others:
Drake is among the Midwest’s first private master’s universities to adopt the pathway, which is sometimes known as test-optional. More than 850 colleges and universities have adopted a similar admission model, including nationally ranked institutions like Wake Forest University, New York University, Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Providence College, and Kansas State University.