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In the News (6:22): In this week’s news, we discuss an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal “Temple University Settles Suit Over Fudged Data on MBA Ranking”, by Kelsey Gee.
Chapter 70 of 171 Answers (18:12): We are in Chapter 70 of 171 Answers and it’s about how your child can avoid automatic denials if their high school file contains red flags. We discuss the five big areas where a student can have negative information in their file. Admissions officers often refer to this as “red flag” or just a “flag”. We share what these flags are and we also discuss what you can do to avoid having these flags sink your ship. We emphasize honesty and authenticity and we acknowledge that sometimes when you communicate a very plausible reason for the mishap, it still will not prevent a denial but the point is, that you want to give yourself the best possible chance while simultaneously being completely honest and truthful.
This week’s question (34:19) For our question segment – we are responding to the breaking news around the College Board rolling out what they are calling the Environmental Context Dashboard (ECD) so Mark is addressing questions that he has been receiving over the last week. Mark feels this ECD is one of the most profound potential changes to college admissions so Mark and Anika will take the next four weeks to talk about some component of the ECD. The outline for the next four weeks is as follows: Week 1) (this episode) What is the Environmental Context Dashboard and why is the College Board rolling it out? 2) What is the case against the Environmental Context being a good idea? 3) What is the case for the Environmental Context dashboard being a good idea? 4) What are the things to watch over the next few years regarding the roll out of the ECD, the reaction to the ECD and the impact of the ECD?
This week’s interview (55:00) Mark wraps up his interview with Mr. Yancie Davis, Admissions Officer at Macalester College in the final part of Using Non - Cognitive variables to help with admission decisions. Yancie gives us the final four Non - cognitive variables Yancie and I have a talk about what a CBO is Yancie tells us why leadership is so important but what really makes this interesting is all the ways Yancie recounts that a student can be assessed as being a lea der. Next we have a great conversation about community service, what admissions look for, what mistakes students make and how should an applicant handle community service if they haven’t started until really late in their high school career
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (66:00) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is the Twitter account @CollegeBoard. Mark will be sharing some of his favorite college admissions and college related Twitter accounts throughout the summer. To kick off this Twitter series, Mark starts out with the powerful organization that is in the news every day; it’s the collegeboard and the twitter account is simply, @CollegeBoard. These guys own the SAT and AP exams, and the CSS PROFILE, which means you’ll get an easy way to stay on top of test dates and deadlines. Plus: practice questions and tips for test day, advice on narrowing down your college list, and testimonials from students on their experience applying for admission and financial aid. If you want to follow the latest with the Environmental Context Dashboard, or ECD, I know of no better Twitter account to follow than @CollegeBoard Another resource we referenced in the podcast is the following article, “Obsession With Academic Rankings Leads to Cheating by Colleges” This appeared in the Daily Breeze on Feb 5th, 2012
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