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Disadvantaged Students And Higher Education

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The SAT College Board has started using so-called “adversity scores,” which are designed to reflect a student’s socioeconomic status and create context for the test scores. 

The adversity score will consider environmental factors that influence a student’s home and school life, including crime rates and poverty levels.

Today on All Sides, how those scores could help higher education diversity its student body and, beyond the scores, how disadvantaged college students make the grade.


  • Adam Harris, staff writer, The Atlantic
  • Neil Anthony Lewis Jr., Assistant Professors of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University
  • Scott Koebel, Ohio School Counselor Association Board Secretary, Newark High School counselor 

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