YCBK 200: Getting rid of legacy admissions [Transcript]
YCBK 201: Do applicants lie about their race [Transcript]

YCBK 201: Do applicants lie about their race

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (7:36) : In this week’s “In the news segment, an October 25th, 2021 article by Scott Jaschik of “Inside Higher Ed”, “Do applicants lie about their race?” The website intelligent asked 1250 white adults whether they lied about their race when they applied to college. Mark and Dave discuss the results of the survey. Dave and Mark also give their opinion on the content and substance of the article. (Length 22 minutes)


This week’s question (29:46) Dr. Lisa Rouff takes the lead in her discussion with Mark about the pitfalls of perfectionism and how it impacts students.

Part 2 of 2 (Length 17 minutes)

This week’s interview (46:51) Mark interviews Matt McGann, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Amherst College. Matt helps us to understand, “Amherst College” This is part 2 of 2: Preview of Part 2 – (1) Matt tells us what the 5 College Consortium is and he gives a very brief overview of each of the 5 colleges in the consortium,

Matt McGann
(2) Matt shares the benefits of being at a school that gives you access to the 5 College Consortium, (3) Matt tells us what Amherst admissions officers are looking for beyond the three basic things every college wants: Is this a good student, is this a good citizen and will this student plug in and contribute. You don’t want to miss his insightful answer. I put Matt on the hot seat and you will learn about a side of Matt that didn’t come out in the formal part of the interview (Length 8 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (54:46) Our recommended resource for episode 201 is Ron Lieber’s book, “The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make”. The book does a pretty good job at removing the shroud of secrecy about how decisions about what you will be asked to pay actually works, so you and your child are not blindsided by an unaffordable offer from a college.

College Spotlight: Matt’s discussion of Amherst will serve as our College Spotlight.

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