YCBK 224: How Amherst came to value community college transfers

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (16:05) : In this segment of “In the News” Mark and Dave discuss a March 23rd, 2022 article by Yazmin Padilla that appeared in “Inside Higher Ed” entitled, “How Amherst College Became a Champion for Community College Transfer Students”. Dave does a great summary of the article and Mark points out his seven take-aways from the article and then Mark and Dave have a spirited discussion about the article.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/beyond-transfer/how-amherst-college-became-champion-community-college-transfer-students

(Length 23 minutes)

This week’s question (39:45) Question from a listener- Mark starts out by sharing another thing he thinks would surprise you if you were to be an admissions officer. Next he asks Lisa a follow up question from her two part series on why are teen so sad; it is a question Mark wished he had asked last week. Question about hooks for the podcast: Do schools view Leadership as a hook? My daughter is a participant in a regional youth leadership program that is selective and well-regarded.

Question
She will have 3 years of escalating experience in Leadership activities by the time she graduates. We are not aiming for an exclusive school, but rather are hoping for significant merit aid. Bobbi from Ohio (Length 22 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:01:10) Our Interview is with Dr. Roger Parrott, the President of Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Topic "Understanding Belhaven University" Part 1 of 1 : (1) Roger shares the 4 C’s that Belhaven prioritizes, (2) Roger shares what their unique curriculum offers, (3) Roger talks about the chapel experience at Belhaven, (4) Roger talks about the capstone course experience at Belhaven, (5) Roger talks about Belhaven’s exceptional arts programs in all four areas of the arts, (6) Roger describes the campus and the faculty, (7) Roger answers the question, does someone need to be a professing Christian to attend Belhaven, (8) Roger discusses experiential education opportunities, (9) Roger talks about the exceptional creative writing program and the film program,

Roger Parrott
(10) Roger makes a passionate case for parents letting students pursue their passion, (11) Roger shares the incredible programs that Belhaven offers freshman students that Mark has never seen any other college offer to their freshman. Of course, Mark puts Roger on the hot seat. Our Belhaven interview is our College Spotlight (Length 26 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:27:28) Our recommended resource for episode 224 is a really second interview with Tim Fields, the Senior Associate Dean of undergraduate admissions at Emory University and Shereem Herndon Brown of Strategic Admissions Advice, two people Mark has known for some time. Tim and Shereem discuss their new book and their new podcast that are targeting black families. The book is called, “The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation about Education, Parenting, and Race” and their new podcast is called, “Application to Admission” (Length 15 minutes)

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