Is College Board's New Adversity Score Helpful?
The College Board has been BETA Testing a new Adversity Score for colleges to use in making admission decisions since 2017. My first reaction is that it is redundant as colleges already have very detailed information on applicant circumstances from student applications, essays and the FAFSA. They also have information about the high schools students attend from the high school report.
This new score will add some new information about the communities in which students live including crime rates.
As much work as admissions offices have to do combing through a large data file on each student, I wonder if they feel they need more information? So far, I am not getting feedback that indicates that they do.
My second reaction is the lack of transparency of this new score data. Students and their families will not be allowed to have access to their score information and colleges using the new information have not been identified.