Appalachian State University (NC)
YCBK 203: 15 College Admission Trends [Transcript]

YCBK 203: 15 College Admission Trends

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (14:14) : n this week’s “In the news segment, an October 3rd, 2021 article by Ron Daniels of “The Atlantic”, “Universities are Shunning Their Responsibility to Democracy” This scholarly article is written by the current president of Johns Hopkins university. Mark and Dave take this esoteric article and discuss how can our listeners apply the truths Daniels articulates to their own lives. Part 2 of 2 (Length 6 minutes)

This week’s question (20:40) Mark was asked in our questionnaire what trends he is observing for the future concerning college admissions, Mark and Lisa discuss 15 different observations Mark has made about where he sees admissions trending over the next 5-10 years; in Part 2 of 4.

They discuss trends 4-7 in Part 2 (Length 24 minutes)

This week’s interview (44:12) Mark interviews two financial aid experts: Michael Ireland, Associate Director of Financial Aid and Courtney Hatch Blauvett, the Director of College Counseling at Miss Hall’s school and the former financial aid officer at four different colleges. Michael and Courtney answer 13 questions that listeners to YCBK sent in over the last three months on all topics related to paying for college, financial aid, scholarships, etc. This is part 2 of 5. Preview Part 2-preview: (1) Courtney takes the lead on this question but we have a great back and forth and exchange of ideas)-When do you have a good case to appeal the aid award your child received, and how should you appeal? Also, does the student have to do the appeal or should the parent do it? (2) Courtney shares the various terms that different schools use for these appeals, (3) Courtney also shares seven areas where people frequently attempt to appeal an aid award that will not be deemed as a legitimate case for an aid evaluation.

Michael Ireland & Courtney Hatch-Blauvelt
(4) Michael takes the lead on this thorny question-”We completed a net price calculator for our oldest child and then the aid award came in and it was almost $4000 more than the net price calculator. We requested a meeting and met with the director of financial aid, and he told us that we had not made any mistakes on the Net Price Calculator, but their estimate is the accurate one and their award was final; he said, the net price calculator is only an estimate. Is this an exception, do college’s stand behind their net price calculators, and if they don’t, how can we trust Net Price Calculators?” (Length 19 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (51:26) Our recommended resource for episode 203 is Tom Krieglstein’s 2020 book, entitled “Perfect Quotes for College Success: Inspiration, advice, and tips for anyone going to college” Paperbackby Tom Krieglstein. This book has over 300 quotes on 34 topics related to excelling while in college.

College Spotlight (1:03:15) : Our College Spotlight is Appalachian State in Boone, NC. Lisa just spend three days in Boone and she gives us a breakdown on App State. Part 2 of 2 (Length 18 minutes)

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