In this week’s episode you will hear
In the News (6:32): An article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Welcome to the Wild West: The Competition for College Applicants Just Intensified”, by Eric Hoover. Admissions officers and college counselors that attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling’ 75th annual conference just voted to delete three major portions of their ethics code:
Colleges are no longer barred from offering incentives, such as special housing or better financial-aid packages, to students who apply under early decision.
Colleges can now recruit students even after they submit a deposit to another institution.
Colleges can solicit transfer applications from a previous applicant even if they have not inquired about transferring. (Length 18:07)
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Welcome-to-the-Wild/247253Students should know the pros and cons of living both on and off campus.
Chapter 91 of 171 Answers (24:39): We are in chapter 91 of 171 Answers and Mark shares what is now known as the Coalition for College application.
This week’s question (41:37) is from Hillary in Colorado Springs, CO.
This week’s interview (57:36) Mark continues his interview with Peter Van Buskirk, Founder of Best College Fit, 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 2.
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:07:45) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is Thomas Frank’s 11 minute review of the best three task management apps. These apps can really help students to stay organized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpzhO1EyA2U
College Spotlight for the week (01:18:16): The College Spotlight is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aka MIT
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Thank you for another great episode. I just re-listened to parts of it and this is a super juicy episode with the “look behind the curtain” interview with Peter Van Buskirk and an informative and enthusiastic look at MIT!
Peter and Mark share so much detail and reasoning that is easy to understand regarding college rankings and admission rates, how they are calculated and how they can be manipulated to put the school in a better light. It seems there’s no regulation of these stats and interpretation and comparison of them is far from precise. This interview could be considered requisite context for anyone placing any weight in these statistics, to better process and apply them. Thank you for sharing so much detail on how the sausage is made so that applicants can put this information into proper perspective.