YCBK 277: How to know if a college is really test-optional [Transcript]
YCBK 279: The Future of Fair Admissions: Is Early Decision Fair?

YCBK 278: More wisdom from Arlene Cash from 5 decades of admission experience

In this week’s episode you will hear

Introduction: Mark lets the listeners know about a new feature called spikepike.com/YCBK where listeners can leave verbal messages for us. The messages can be suggestions, compliments or questions that we will play the actual voice of our listener on Thursday episodes beginning in late December.

  • Mark explains why Biden paused student loan payments after saying he wouldn’t pause them again
  • Mark discusses why North Carolina A & T was just fined over 2 million dollars. Mark discusses Stanford university’s expansion
  • Mark explains why you won’t be hearing the term “Room & Board” as often as you used to here it
  • Mark describes a new acquisition of another college campus by Stanford University
  • Mark reveals three more elite law schools who will no longer participate with US News Law school ratings.
  • Mark shares two new African countries that just cracked the top 5 of countries sending students to US schools.
  • Mark explains why the “Double Pell” movement is on life support and he shares some of the Higher Ed priorities of the new Republican lead House.
  • Mark does a Preview of the content of his interview with Arlene Cash

Part 3

  • Arlene gives students tips on what to do on a college visit
  • Arlene gives her perspective on student loans
  • Arlene, answers the question, how important is a school’s name recognition?
  • Arlene goes on an extended version of the hot seat and she shares many tidbits of wisdom

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