Should colleges use high school disciplinary actions when making college decisions?
This was a really interesting article (let me know if you can't access it). I think disciplinary action from high school is fair game. Just like the rest of the application, it should be evaluated holistically as one data point taking into context the situation of the "child". I know how immature I was leading up to college and just glad I was able to avoid trouble (for the most part). I worry about the inconsistency of discipline across schools and the socioeconomic divide of disciplinary outcomes (this is real folks). What do you think? Good question for some of our coaches who help undergrads like @Savena Wright, @Jennie Rothman and @Christina Taber-Kewene
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- Jennie Rothman expert Thanks for highlighting this article @Eric Allen. This is clearly a fraught area with a long history. I agree that it can be useful for colleges to have info about an applicant's disciplinary record, but that this info must be used carefully and transparently. I like the approach that NYU is taking: applications get a first review "blind" to disciplinary info, then a second review by individuals specifically trained in how to interpret this information. In light of the inconsistency of discipline across schools and the very real socioeconomic and racial divide of how discipline is meted out, this training is essential.