YCBK 92: What is the Media Not Saying About College Admissions? [Transcript]
Interview 39: Peter Van Buskirk on "Was in which colleges act in their self-interest that is not in your interest"

YCBK 92: What is the Media Not Saying About College Admissions?

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (3:40): an article from New York Times, “ACT Change Will Allow Students to Retake Individual Sections”, by Anemona Hartocollis. Starting in September 2020, students who want to improve their ACT scores will be able to retake single sections of the five-part ACT test – instead of sitting for all of them again. Additionally, the ACT will send a super score report of the scores each time they take the test. The article points out that it is yet to be determined whether some colleges will evaluate applicants with a super score against those with a composite score from 1 exam.

The New York Times
We will surely be revisiting this topic again soon as this announcement raised as many questions as it did answer questions. (Length 18:26)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/us/act-test-superscore.htmlStudents should know the pros and cons of living both on and off campus.

Chapter 92 of 171 Answers (23:06): Mark helps us determine how our kids should go about understanding the academic requirements and steps that it takes to achieve the careers that they are considering, and decide whether or not they would want to stick with that relevant major in college.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
(Length 13:14)

This week’s question (36:20) is from Hilary in Colorado Springs, CO.

She is the mom of a charter school student and wants to know if it’s okay for her daughter to reach out to regional admissions officers from colleges where she plans to apply, and invite them to her school.is from a mom who wants to know if merit and need based financial aid would be available for a family if the parent makes over $100,000 per year. The answer is yes. (Length 7:33)

This week’s interview (43:53) 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 3

Peter Van Buskirk
Peter and Mark talk about how schools are using Early Action to identify students they want to flip into Early Decision
Peter talks about Varsity Blues and he explains why something like this happened
Peter talks about how F & M went test-optional when he was there and he shares a couple true stories about how some test-optional students did at Franklin and Marshall.
Peter then makes a compelling case for why he doesn’t believe there is any such thing as a school being “need-blind (Length 20 minutes)

 Mark’s recommended resource of the week (52:28) is Jed Applerouth’s interesting article about what the ACT changes mean for students. https://www.applerouth.com/blog/2019/10/15/further-reflections-on-the-act-changes/

College Spotlight: The University of Kentucky (01:05:12)

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