University of Missouri (MO)
YCBK 210: Some colleges adapt to survive [Transcript]

YCBK 210: Some colleges adapt to survive

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (18:28) : this week’s “In the news” segment, a January, 2022 article in The Hechinger Report, by Jon Marcus “Faced with an existential crisis, some colleges do something that is increasingly rare: ADAPT. Mark and Dave look at the specific changes the colleges in the article made, and they discuss what other colleges can learn from these colleges. They also discuss what the YCBK listeners can apply to their lives from the insights from this article. (Length 15 minutes)

This week’s bonus content It is bonus content week and Lisa guides us through how various theories of decision making can inform students making a choice of which college to attend. This is a great conversation about how subconscious forces can influence all of us in how we make decisions (Length 33 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:06:00) Mark interviews Gary Clark, the Dean of undergraduate admissions at UCLA and Gary helps demystify how the waitlist works at a place like UCLA. Part 2 of 2. Preview (Part 2/2) : (1) Gary explains how so many factors play zero role in influencing the waitlist at a university like UCLA, (2) Gary explains the fluidity of the waitlist at UCLA, (3) Gary discusses what Summer Melt is and how it impacts the numbers,

Gary Clark
(4) Gary addresses Double Deposits, (5) Gary discusses how the admission process varies based on what your college or in some instances, college major is.
I end with a separate audio file of some info Gary shared with me after our interview (Length 17 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:11:20) Our recommended resource for episode 210 is the book: “The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up” by Jane Finkle. The book provides great advice for how the introvert can get ahead in her/his career.

College Spotlight (1:23:45) : The college Spotlight is: The University of Missouri (, Part 2 of 2 (Length 9 minutes)

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