YCBK 225: Is it ethical for an admissions office to withhold admit rates [Transcript]
YCBK 226: Maryland makes change and hires workers without college degrees [Transcript]

YCBK 226: Maryland makes change and hires workers without college degrees

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (27:12) : Before beginning the podcast Mark announces a blockbuster change that will change the nature of the YCBK podcast in a major way and the announcement is effective on June 1st.

Dave answers a question from a listener, why is okay for you (Dave) to go to elite schools like Harvard and Princeton and for your daughter to go to Yale, but you tell me that it doesn’t matter where my kid goes to college. In this segment of “In the News” Mark and Dave discuss an March 17th, 2022 article by Juliana Kaplan and Madison Hoff of Business Insider entitled, “Maryland is hiring workers without four-year college degrees to curtail its labor shortage”. Mark and Dave discuss what are the implications of this change and policy and they debate, is this a good or bad thing.

https://www.businessinsider.com/maryland-hiring-workers-without-four-year-degrees-end-labor-shortage-2022-3 Length 21 minutes)

This week’s question (48:15) Question from a listener: I heard Rick Clark and Christoph Gutenberg talk allude to it on some podcasts but we are not getting real cut-off info. The schools want thousands of applications but also want to sort some out. I want to understand how many are “real” applications. How many are actually making it through the AI. I think that is very important data for candidates that jumped through all the hoops for highly selective colleges. Jillion from California

Question 2: Another question, what defines rigor for AI?

Is it if they take calculus and physics? If so, does it have to be AP Calc and AP Physics or are any level of those courses considered rigorous? Jillion from California. (Length 33 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:21:45) Interview-Rod Skinner, the Dean of College Counseling at Milton Academy-Topic “Why is it so much harder to get into a selective college these days”- (Part 2 of 3). Preview-Part 2 : (1) Rod continues with his answer is to the person who says, colleges are accepting, “black and brown kids” with weaker credentials than my kid, and it isn’t fair, (2) An exercise he has families to do show how hard it is for a college to select students, (3) The role athletics plays in admissions, (4) The public vs private school debate, which is better for college admissions?, (5) Rod talks about what going to college will not do for you, (6) The difference between a transactional vs development mindset, (7) What can be done to make the admissions process more accessible?, (8) The difference between the access paradigm to the selectivity paradigm, (9) The role bond ratings plays in creating the frenzy, (10) The importance of starting with “why”, )

Rod Skinner
(11) How a rising tide lift all boats applies to college admissions, (12) Rod talks about how to push back on a family that is focused on prestige, (12) Rod tells a powerful story from his 45th college reunion that you don’t want to miss. (Length 28 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:34:30) Our recommended resource for episode 226 are the four episodes the “Hold Me Back” podcast. Episodes 16-19 are all interviews with admissions leaders that I thought were excellent. The interviews are with Christof Guttentag of Duke, Rick Clark of Georgia Tech, Johnathan Burdick of Cornell and Heath Einstein of TCU.

College Spotlight (1:49:04) : Our College Spotlight is the University of San Diego with college counselor, Sylvia Borgo Part 2 of 2 (Length 31 minutes)

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