YCBK 182: Plummeting birthrates impacts colleges

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (20:41) : In this week’s “In the news segment”, a May 22nd, 2021 article from Jon Marcus of the Hechinger Report entitled, "Colleges face a reckoning as plummeting birthrate worsens enrollment declines." The article includes statistics that show the indisputable proof that colleges are experiencing an enrollment decline. Dave gives us an accurate and insightful overview of the article, and just when we were about to discuss the five things colleges are doing to combat these declines we had such poor sound quality that we made the decision to not air the 25 minutes we spent discussing this important topic. Instead, we will pick up next week with the five things colleges are doing to combat these enrollment declines, but we will also give you our article for Episode 183, so next week you will get a double dose of our, ‘In the news” segment. (Length 26 minutes)

Colleges face reckoning as plummeting birthrate worsens enrollment declines

This week’s question (46:39) Rob from Texas wrote in and asked us whether there are other programs out there like the dual degree program between Trinity College in Dublin and Columbia University.

Question
Lisa and Mark decided last week to take this episode to do a deep diver into this unique program. This week Lisa and Mark talk about what other programs out there are similar to Trinity College and Columbia University dual degree program.

This week’s interview (1:07:05) 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 Lopez
This week Christina gives us a detailed overview of Barnard College. Christina also answers a few of the nine questions that we selected that you are our listeners sent in. The Barnard interview with Christina went almost an hour, so we divided this into Part 1 and Part 2.

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:21:10) Recommended resource: https://poetsandquants.com. This website is an excellent source of information for anything related to the best business schools in the US and abroad. It covers undergrad business programs and MBA programs. (Length 13 minutes)

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