YCBK 104: How to Fix College Admissions
Interview 45: Rob Kirkland on "What you need to know about ROTC scholarships?"

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/

Don’t forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com

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Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy visit 171answers.com and if you want to see what future episodes will cover just click the red button “See exactly what 171 Answers covers”.

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