YCBK 115: How COVID-19 has Changed Plans for Prospective Students

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (15:56): In this week’s news segment, an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, “How is COVID-19 Changing Prospective Students’ Plans”, by Eric Hoover. With colleges being forced to cancel on-campus programs scheduled for March and April, surveys suggest that the result is that one in six high school seniors who expected to attend a 4-year institution are now considering different paths for the fall. (Length 15:47)

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Is-Covid-19-Changing/248316

Chapter 115 of 171 Answers (31:43) : We are in Chapter 115 of 171 Answers and Mark walks us through the various ways to colleges use to evaluate who they will give a merit scholarship to.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Once you know how you are evaluated you can successfully aim at the target. Anika shares some very interesting insights about how her own daughter has experienced this process this year, which is her senior year in high school. (Length 21:22)
This week’s question (52:05): In this week’s bonus content, Mark shares groundbreaking news on COVID-19’s latest wave on standardized testing.

Question
Mark regards this segment as one of the most important segments he has ever done on this podcast, if not the most important. Mark shares three different approaches colleges are taking in regard to the SAT and ACT, but Mark makes a bold prediction that the role of standardized testing will never be the same post Covid-19. He shares his reasons why he believes this. As usual, Anika asks great questions. (Length 26:28)

This week’s interview (1:18:33): Mark continues his interview with Taylor King, Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbus State in Who Makes a Good Match for a Regional Public University, Part II.

Taylor King
In this part, Taylor talks specifically about Columbus State and what their marquee programs are as well as what it would cost to go there for an out of state student. Covid-19 has a lot of families thinking about money and there are some incredible deals to be found at the Regional Public/Masters level universities. (Length 22 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:30:12) is a document that uses Common Data Set information to let you know for specific colleges how many kids they wait list and how many students they take off the wait list for the last 3 years; here is the document:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yutywjaSj6IaE6EQF2HTkSBs5NHjJjFf4Z70xqy7-Lo/edit#gid=644955701

College Spotlight (1:40:16): Ringling College of Art and Design (https://www.ringling.edu/)

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