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YCBK 200: Getting rid of legacy admissions [Transcript]

YCBK 200: Getting rid of legacy admissions

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (12:32) : and Mark and a very special first time guest join them for this discussion. To celebrate episode 200 this special guest also joins Mark and Dave for a second article by Melissa Korn of the Wall Street Journal entitled: “Amherst Drops admissions advantage for children of alumni”

We previously discussed legacy admissions on episodes 121 and 180. Here is the article I referenced in the podcast that appeared in the Atlantic by the President of Johns Hopkins: (Length 28 minutes)

This week’s question (40:00) Dr. Lisa Rouff takes the lead in her discussion with Mark about the pitfalls of perfectionism and how it impacts students.

Part 1 of 2 (Length 18 minutes)

This week’s interview (58:03) Mark interviews Matt McGann, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Amherst College. Matt helps us to understand, “Amherst College” This is part 1 of 2: Part 1-Preview (1) Matt gives us an overview of Amherst college, (2) Matt explains what the Liberal Arts actually are and he explains why the term, “Liberal Arts” is such poor marketing,

Matt McGann
(3) Matt tells us what he thinks Amherst does very well compared to other schools that students look at, and of course, Amherst has done research on this and he shares that research with us. Matt highlights two things in particular that Amherst does very well, based on their research, (4) Matt talks about the percentage of students on campus at Amherst, (5) Matt shares the things that Amherst needs to do to be an even better college. (5) Matt’s discussion of Amherst will serve as our College Spotlight. (Length 7 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:05:50) Our recommended resource is the podcast, “Motley Fool Answers”. The podcast does one or two episodes a year on college money but the monthly Mailbag episodes are chalked full of great financial advice to help every family with their finances. (Length 11 minutes)

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