YCBK 105: How to Fix College Admissions, Part 2

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (10:45): an article from Wall Street Journal, “How to Fix College Admissions”, by Melissa Korn. Korn interviews several groups in the world of college admissions – admissions officers, counselors, parents, students – to identify ways in which the admissions system could be fixed. We continue by discussing points 4-7 the author makes. Next week we will finish the article by discussing points 8-10.


We are in Chapter 105 of 171 Answers (50:09): and Mark shares financial aid questions that single, divorced, and remarried parents might have.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika also discuss, how financial aid works for parents who never were married, couples who co-habit together, same sex parents and other living arrangements. (Length 9:38)

This week’s question is bonus content (59:47) Our bonus content this week reviews Turning the Tide II: How Parents and High Schools Can Cultivate Ethical Character and Reduce Distress in The College Admissions Process.

This major report is the work of the “Making Caring Common” team. It is an outgrowth from the Harvard Graduate School of education. We discussed part 1 of this report about a year ago. When Part 3 (the final part) is released we will include a discussion of these findings as well. The findings are being embraced and at least partially implemented by over 130 college admissions deans and several organizations such as, The Coalition and the Common Application. (Length 19:35)

This week’s interview (1:19:22) Mark continues his interview with Lieutenant Colonel Rob Kirkland in

Colonel Robert Kirkland
-What you need to know about the ROTC scholarship, Part 2 (Length 20 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:28:44) is https://www.wikipedia.org/. Mark explains why he trusts Wikipedia and he explains how he uses it in the college process.

College Spotlight (1:40:15): Santa Clara University https://www.scu.edu/

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  • What a comprehensive look at the ROTC college program that Rob has provided over the last two episodes. I learned so much about what the application process, scholarship opportunities, and college and post graduation commitments of the program. It has moved me to discuss this with my high school junior when I previously would not have even considered it.

    There is so much discussion on the SAT/ACT exams and schools being test optional or not. It’s something I’ve taken for granted that my three kids would have to take and should try to do there best. Your discussions in this and other episodes has given me so much more to think about. I have gained insight to the college admissions process and have deeper empathy for the tough decisions admissions officers have to make with the information they are given.

    I greatly appreciate the discussion on morals and values and learning that this is gaining momentum in the college evaluation process.