YCBK 332: What Is Summer Melt And Why Does Melt Occur
YCBK 332: What Is Summer Melt And Why Does Melt Occur [Transcript]

YCBK 333: Rejected by a top-tier college? Don’t worry

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (26:57) : Mark and Vince discuss an article by Jay Matthews that appeared in the LA Times in April of 2023. The article looks at the research about whether a top tier college improves a student’s odds of making a lot of money themselves. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-05-12/college-admissions-ivy-league-rankings-affirmative-action (Length 30 minutes)

This week’s question (56:20): Mark and Lisa will answer a speakpipe question Laura from DC sent in; she wants advice for her son who is trying to find colleges but he doesn’t know what he wants to study

(Length 14 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:10:05) : Lisa starts a brand new interview with Dr. Louis Newman about his book, “Thinking Critically in College: The essential handbook for student success”.

Preview of Part 1

  • Dr. Newman shares his childhood goal and his backstory
  • Louis Newman shares the epiphany he had with a student named Rachel that served as the impetus for him to write his book-
  • Lisa shares what she loved about the book when she read it
  • Dr. Newman shares a number of things that students need to think about when they are trying to evaluate a college, and he also encourages things students should ignore, things that are over-rated
  • Dr. Newman encourages students to look at National Survey of Student Engagement data
  • He also encourages families to look at the faculty and alumni research
  • Dr. Newman talks about the value of the Learning and Teaching Centers many colleges have

(Length 27 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:22:55): The recommended resource is Collegekickstart.com

College Spotlight (1:37:30): Lisa completes Part 2 of 2 of her college Spotlight on Guilford College in Greensboro, NC


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