Interview 71: Courtney Minden on "Understanding Babson College"
YCBK 180: 1st state to ban alumni admissions [Transcript]

YCBK 180: 1st state to ban alumni admissions

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (12:58) : In this week’s “In the news segment”, a June 1st, 2021 article from Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed. The article is entitled, “Legacy Admissions Banned in Colorado”. The article looks at the research that led to the decision by the governor of Colorado to become the first state to ban legacy admissions. Dave and Mark present the argument for and against legacy admissions. Mark and Dave share their view on this topic and it is a view that may surprise our listeners. Mark draws heavily off a 2019 article in the New York Times entitled, “End Legacy College Admissions” (Length 23 minutes)

This week’s bonus content (35:20) This week is bonus content week. In episode 175 Lisa and Mark discussed what a student and parent should do in elementary and middle school. In today’s episode, Mark and Lisa discuss what a student should do in the 9th and 10th grade. Mark shares 10 things he believes students should do and Lisa comments on the three or four that really resonated with her. Dr. Lisa Rouff draws off over 25 years as clinical psychologist to provide some prescient insights based on her practice. Mark turns to parents and shares four things parents can do and once again, Lisa has some sage advice. (Length 34 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:09:42) This week’s interview is with Christina Lopez, the Dean of Admission at Barnard college, the highly selective women’s college that is one of the undergraduate colleges of Columbia University. Christina’s topic is, should a student discuss their mental health challenges in their admission application: (1) Christina shares her backstory, (2) She shares how her theater background helps her in admissions, (3) I introduce the topic of whether a student should communicate their mental health challenges in their admission application,

Christina Lopez
(4) Christina candidly shares her own challenge with depression and anxiety; how it impacts her on her job and how she has learned to still excel on her job, (5) Christina relates her own struggles to the struggle’s students are facing with the stress of the college process and the challenges of doing well in school and applying to college in the middle of covid-19, (6) Christina explains how she got so comfortable sharing her own struggles publicly (Length 10 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:19:12) The Facebook private group College Admissions Counselors. The group brings admissions counselors and college counselors together in one place. The group has almost 18000 members. It is a private group that is only for who can prove they are in the profession.

College Spotlight: returns next week with the Trinity College-Dublin 2 plus 2 program with Columbia

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