In this week's episode you will hear
In the News (5:25): In this week’s news, an article from Insider Higher Ed, “Judge Upholds Harvard’s Admissions Policies”, by Scott Jaschik. Federal Judge Allison Burroughs of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has ruled that Harvard’s approach to affirmative action does not discriminate against Asian Americans. Judge Burroughs says that Harvard is admitting very qualified applicants of color who are adding valuable diversity to the campus and that Asian-Americans are not being discriminated against. Judge Burroughs accepted Harvard’s argument that when everyone in the applicant pool is imminently qualified. Judge Burroughs said that it is not illegal for a college to emphasis non-academic factors in their evaluation. We discuss this decision and we talk about where things go from here. (Length 16:19)https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/10/07/federal-judge-finds-harvards-policies-do-not-discriminate-against.
Chapter 90 of 171 Answers (21:44): We are in chapter 90 of 171 Answers and Mark answers whether or not colleges have access to knowing all of the schools where your child applies.
This week’s question (27:23) Our special bonus content segment discusses about a half dozen recent changes to the Common Application for the 2019-2020 year.
This week’s interview (52:55) Mark kicks off his interview with Peter Van Buskirk, Founder of Best College Fit, https://www.bestcollegefit.com/and Former VP of Enrollment at Franklin and Marshall, in “Understanding how colleges act as businesses in ways that are not in your best interest”- Part 1.
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:01:10) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is the Common App’s 27 minute long webinar about what is new with the Common App for 2019-20. Mark opens up by sharing two additional changes to the Common App that he didn’t mention in the Bonus content discussion but then he shares this webinar which covers additional changes for the year. The webinar opens by giving a great statistical overview of the Common App. It answers questions like, how many students use the Common App; how many applications are filed every year and so much more, but the meat of the webinar is an even fuller description of changes than the ones Mark covers earlier in this episode: https://www.commonapp.org/blog/whats-new-common-app
College Spotlight (01:13:28) Our College Spotlight for the week is Hawaii Pacific University, aka as HPU. https://www.hpu.edu/
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