In this week's episode you will hear
In the News (25:34) : Mark and Julia discuss an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal April 28th, 2002 by Alex Janin. The article is entitled, “seeking college admissions edge-more students take a gap year”. They take a look at the growing trend for students to take a gap year in order to pursue a more selective college. Julia and Mark share thoughts on whether this is smart strategy. https://www.wsj.com/articles/seeking-college-admissions-edge-more-students-take-gap-year-11651059364 (Length 20 minutes)
This week’s question (45:32) For our question from a listener, it is bonus content time and Mark recaps a presentation he recently attended entitled, “What is it that is keeping senior admissions people up at night”.
This week’s interview (1:12:41) Our interview is with Sue Corner, the Dean of Admissions at Willamette University and someone who started as a student at Willamette in the 80’s. The interview will also serve as our Spotlight as Sue helps us to understand Willamette University (Part 2 of 2). Preview of Part 2 : (1) Sue shares the things that have changed at Willamette since Sue was a student, (2) Sue also shares the things that have changed with the city of Salem over the years, (3) Sue talks about how Willamette and Lewis and Clark are different, (4) Sue talks about what the Northwest 5 consortium is Sue talks about who the overlap schools are, (5) Sue talks about what is unique about the admissions process at Willamette, (6) Sue talks about how an applicant is evaluated by admissions, (7) Sue talks about writing, extracurriculars and admissions interviews, (8) Sue talks about the role demonstrated interest plays in admissions decisions, (9) Sue talks about the role that test scores play in admissions decisions, (10) Sue talks about the role test scores play in merit scholarships, )
Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:47:53) The recommended resource is https://www.highereddatastories.com/. This sensational resource looks at accurate government data on cutting edge admissions topics and presents the data visually. It is the work of Jon Boeckenstadt, the VP of admissions at Oregon State. Mark will interview Jon about this resource in three months but he wants listeners to be exposed before the interview.
College Spotlight: Willamette University is our College Spotlight. https://willamette.edu/ (Part 2/2)
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