YCBK 258: Matt Ward: Understanding Cal Lutheran University 2 of 2
YCBK 258: Matt Ward: Understanding Cal Lutheran University 2 of 2 [Transcript]

YCBK 259: Admission expert Jon Boeckenstedt Interview

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (9:20) : Mark and Dave discuss an article by Jay Matthews, Columnist for the Washington Post that appeared on July 31, 2022 entitled: “High School extracurriculars are nice. College extracurriculars are huge. Dave and Mark talk about why college extracurriculars are so valuable to the student who participates. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/07/31/college-extracurriculars-impact-life/ (Length 22 minutes)

This week’s question (31:00) For our question from a listener, Lisa and Mark answer a question from Ellen of Massachusetts. Ellen wants to know, should a student submit a perfectly good 32 even if it is below the 25% range, knowing pre-pandemic, in this example, that this was in the 50% range.

I would think a good test score would help the student show their academic prowess normally, but with our current naturally inflated test scores, it could hurt them. That is what many families are struggling with (Length 27 minutes)

This week’s interview (58:30) Our interview is with Jon Boeckenstedt, the Vice Provost of Oregon State University . In this two-part interview Jon will answer questions about whether certain practices are ethical or unethical in college admissions. Preview of Part 1 : (1) Jon shares his very interesting backstory, (2) Jon tells us what Draw rate is and why it is so important, (3) Jon explains what he means by, ‘we all serve two masters”,

Jon Boeckenstedt
(4) Jon rates a number of admission business practice from 0-100 on whether they cross a line of impropriety, (5) Jon rates, “targeting students in your recruitment that are outside the profile of who you normally admit”, (6) Jon explains what he means by “grist for the rejection mill” and the “admissions industrial complex”, (7) Jon rates using demonstrated interest and gives it a score, but he has some caveats (Length 11 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:09:55) The recommended resource is Paul Tough’s book, “Whatever it Takes”: Geoffrey Canada’s quest to change Harlem and America

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