In this week's episode you will hear
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In the News (12:29): In this week’s news segment, an article from UT News, “Growth in Texas Drives UT Austin Automatic Admission to Top 6 Percent”. Due to a mandate by the state, UT Austin began automatic admissions for eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019. We have talked about admissions by the numbers and we introduce the term, “Formulaic Admissions” but it is the first time we have discussed auto admission through a percent admission plan. It goes to show all of the various ways schools can decide who they will admit. (Length 8:41)
Chapter 100 of 171 Answers (21:10): We are in Chapter 100 of 171 Answers and Mark explains what the FAFSA4caster is and how it can be used as a tool for college financial planning.
This week’s interview (38:04) Mark has a very special 1-part interview with Rick Clark and Brennan Barnard authors of the recent release: “The Truth about College Admissions”. Brennan is the Director of College Counseling at the Derryfield School and he is a prolific writer for the Washington Post, Forbes etc.
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (52:07) is an admission blog that Peter Van Buskirk writes for a company called Scoir. You can access this blog at Scoir.com. I also recommend other resources besides Peter’s blog that you can find at Scoir.com.
College Spotlight: No Spotlight this week as we celebrate Christmas. We will resume our College Spotlights in episode 102, the week after New Years.
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