Non-intellectual criteria, such as personality traits and emotional stability may play a large role in Radcliffe admissions policies if an experimental plan now being developed is approved, it was learned yesterday.
Henry S. Dyer '27, associate director of the Collegiate Entrance Examination Board and a former director of the Office of Tests here, yesterday said he had been called in by Radcliffe to help formulate a system by which it can get more information on these non-intellectual factors.
When contacted last night, President Wilbur K. Jordan refused to comment.
Dyer said that at Jordan's request he attended meetings of the Radcliffe admissions board last week in an effort to analyze the kind of material which the board had on applicants' personality factors.
Left Here Last Year
Dyer, who left here last October to head the Board's research and development staff, said Radcliffe was interested in finding out how it could get "better information from schools on applicants' personality and temperament." He added that other colleges are also extremely concerned with the same problem.
"They are particularly interested," he said, "in getting emotionally stable people who will have something to contribute socially as well as intellectually."
Dyer said he was unsure about what kind of mechanism could be set up to get a better view of applicants' emotional makeup. He guessed that it was likely to be some sort of intensive controlled interview rather than a test.