As much work as admissions offices have to do combing through a large data file on each student, do they really need additional work to do that does not add to their understanding of student circumstances?The College Board has been testing a new "Adversity Score" for colleges to use in making admission decisions. My first reaction is that it seems redundant as colleges already have very detailed information on that aspect of applicant financial and institutional conditions already in use from schools, the FAFSA as well as the CSS Profile. My second reaction is that I worry how this information will be used and the source.
My third reaction is the apparent lack of transparency of this new score. Students and their families will not be allowed to have access to data which may affect their admission decision. The score will also include community demographic information not provided by the student.