YCBK 118: “The Big If” Will colleges return to residential education in the fall [Transcript]
YCBK 119: Many Seniors Are Too Uncertain to Commit to a College [Transcript]

YCBK 118: “The Big If” Will colleges return to residential education in the fall

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (20:38) :In this week’s news segment, an article from Lilah Burke of Inside Higher Ed, “The Big If’. The article looks at how colleges are beginning to telegraph what their plans are for the fall. Mark and Dave discuss the five main different approaches that colleges are planning on taking for the fall. Mark and Dave discuss each of these five approaches and they give their thoughts on each approach. (Length 29 minutes)

Chapter 118 of 171 Answers (49:11) : Mark explains the history and context of the Pell Grant.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark shares how individuals qualify and disqualify for the funding. The answer may surprise you. (Length 21 minutes)

This week’s question (1:10:15) is from Eric in CO and he wants to know how involved he should be in selecting the colleges that his child applies to.

Mark and Anika have a robust discussion about the appropriate role and the inappropriate role for parents in selecting the college list for their kids. (Length 16:18)

This week’s interview (1:26:33) is with Vincent Garcia, TITLE: Understanding the 23 Colleges in the California State University System, Part II.

Vincent Garcia
I ask Vince if CSU schools can compete with UC schools at matriculating students
Vince and I talk about the graduation rates at the CSU schools. Vince talks about what it means for a campus to have a lot of impacted majors and what should you do when the programs you are interested in are impacted. We talk about the advantages of starting out at community college if you want to go to a CSU or a UC school or the private California colleges. (Length 21 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:37:48) We have 3 recommended resources this week: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data and https://virtual.gotocollegefairs.com/ and https://www.applerouth.com/blog/admissions-testing-policy-updates-in-response-to-covid-19/. The first resource is a link to help you access IPEDS data that you can use to assess the financial health of each school. The second resource is a huge online college fair and conference from May 4th through May 6th. The final resource is a list of test optional schools that is being updated daily.

College Spotlight (1:47:09) : University of Arizona (https://www.arizona.edu/) (Length 33 minutes)

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