Interview 75: Eric Furda on "The College Conversation"
YCBK 188: Why apps are way up at HBCUs [Transcript]

YCBK 188: Why apps are way up at HBCUs

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (9:58) : In this week’s “In the news segment, a Feb 2nd, 2021 Inside Higher Ed article by Greta Anderson looks at a research study that explains why so many students are applying to HBCU’s these days. Mark discusses this article with someone very special to the YCBK podcast family. Dave is off this week as he takes his daughter back to Yale. Dave had gone 82 weeks in a row without missing an episode. Mark and our surprise co-host discuss whether they agree with the findings in this article. (Length 24 minutes)

This week’s question (33:42) Mark and Lisa answer the following question from a mom from Wisconsin: “Not sure if this is a topic for you or not, but I have heard every episode and I do not believe you have talked about the emotional side of kids leaving college, or leaving the parents, and since Moms are a big part of your audience and you have Lisa now, maybe she could say a few words about it. I am just really struggling with having my daughter go so far away. I know she is so ready to spread her wings, but I am going to miss being so connected to her. Around my area, it is so not the norm to go far away where we live, so I don’t have a lot of mom friends who can relate.

Most kids go close to home, and the high achievers just go to UW Madison which is close! If it’s not admissions-related enough, no problem, I understand – I just was thinking of it since it would be a ‘new’ topic that I don’t believe you addressed”. Mark and Lisa each give their best advice for parents who are struggling with being separated from their child as they go off to college. (Length 30 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:03:35) Mark interviews Eric Furda, who spent over 25 years in high level leadership at both Columbia and Penn. This will be a three-part interview.

Eric Furda
In Part 1, Mark asks Eric the following questions: Preview for Part 1: (1) Eric shares what he has learned from going from an admission Dean to a college counselor, (2) Eric answers Mark’s question about how colleges are handling challenges like: increased costs, the demographic cliff and the birth dearth that threaten to decrease the pool of applicants, (3) Eric answers the question, how do colleges project their yield (the percentage of accepted students who enroll) (Length 22 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:12:48) Dr. Lisa Rouff prepared for our question this week by reading the book: The Naked Roommate: For Parents only. We recommended the student edition around two years ago but now Lisa shares what she learned from reading Harlan Cohen’s book: The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: Calling, Not Calling, Roommates, Relationships, Friends, Finances, and Everything Else That Really Matters when … Goes to College (Student Parenting Book).

College Spotlight (1:25:30) : Our college Spotlight goes to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA ( (Length 33 minutes)

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