Colleges are not supposed to be using a student’s race as a determining factor in the admissions process. That’s not stopping companies who give the standarized tests to students applying to colleges from sneaking in secret scores that allow colleges to discriminate in the admissions process.
In July 2018, the WSJ reported that President Trump reversed the Obama-era policies that encouraged using a students race in their college admissions decision, as a way to “to promote diverse educational settings.” Instead, the Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards.
The reversal would restore the policy set during President George W. Bush’s administration, when officials told schools that it “strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods” for admitting students to college or assigning them to elementary and secondary schools.
Blanca Morales of Santa Ana, California was the valedictorian of Santa Ana High School and graduated with honors from University of California Irvine. ABC 7 news reported that Harvard offered her a slot — plus tuition costs — even though she is an illegal alien who was brought into the country at the age of five.
Harvard Medical School was ranked one of the 10 most expensive medical schools in the nation in 2018.
In February 2017, the student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison demanded that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today.
The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that suburban high school students are over-represented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications upholds “white supremacy” because it restricts opportunities for the poor.
The college has proposed measures aimed at improving diversity.
The resolution demands free tuition, free housing and no fees for all black people, including former inmates.
Now, the ACT and SAT are doing their part to make sure white kids living in the suburbs get in the back of the line with college admissions boards.
Wall Street Journal reports – The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions.
This new number, called an adversity score by college admissions officers, is calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood. Students won’t be told the scores, but colleges will see the numbers when reviewing their applications.
According to The Daily Caller– The score will be assigned to every single student who takes the test, but students will not know what the score is, and the College Board is not disclosing how the score is determined, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Colleges will see the 1-100 score, called the “Overall Disadvantage Level” when they view a student’s test results. Anything over 50 designates hardship.
The move is an attempt to do away with differences in test scores that result from disparities in wealth and education and preempts a ruling from the Supreme Court on race-based affirmative action. Several college admissions officers told The WSJ the tool will be especially useful if the Supreme Court bans race-based admissions.
“The purpose is to get to race without using race,” Anthony Carnevale, former employee of the College Board and director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, told The WSJ.
A group representing Asian American students has filed a lawsuit against Harvard University claiming admissions officers discriminate against them by penalizing them as a group for high test scores in order to get a more diverse student body.
The ACT plans to announce a similar score later this year.
“If I am going to make room for more of the [poor and minority] students we want to admit and I have a finite number of spaces, then someone has to suffer and that will be privileged kids on the bubble,” John Barnhill, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University, told The WSJ.