YCBK 374: Test scores plummet in their importance of factors that determine who is admitted
YCBK 374: Test scores plummet in their importance of factors that determine who is admitted [Transcript]

YCBK 375: Miami University cuts programs Amid Financial Challenges

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (24:30): Mark and Vince discuss an October article that appeared in several Ohio Newspapers entitled, Miami University Cuts Programs Amid Financial Challenges and Low Enrollment (Length 11 minutes)

This week’s question (35:15): Lisa and Susan discuss a Speakpipe question from Damian about whether to disclose a learning difference that led to three B’s, and whether elite schools will consider admit a student with learning differences and a few lower grades.

(Length 27 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:02:45): Mark interviews Rick Clark, AVP and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgia Tech and Brennan Barnard, Director of the Khan Labs Academy; Brennan and Rick discuss the most challenging and controversial topics facing college admissions officers (Part 3 of 3). Part 3-Preview:

  • Brennan and Rick continue to talk about legacy admissions, college athletes and race conscious admissions.
  • Where do they see things going with the Digital SAT, do they think it will catch on and lead to more schools requiring test scores
  • Brennan and Rick talk about AI and machine learning and the role it may play in signaling to admissions readers if they have a bias that is preventing them from making fair admissions decisions.
  • Brennan talks about how AI can remove some of the basic reading functions so admission officers can spend more time on the human component; he also talks about how it may help college counselors
  • Rick returns to the topic of business realities of admissions that people seldom talk about but they are so important
  • Rick talks about how every deadline an admission office has is intentional
  • Rick talks about the political realities that often force an admission office to make decisions that are in the institutions long-term best interest
  • Rick tells us whether he thinks the admission process is a fair process
  • Rick and Brennan close by sharing who their book, “The Truth About College Admissions” is for and who is not for
  • Rick and Brennan share the feedback they heard about version 1 of their book as they travelled across the country (Length 22 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:12:00): Recommended Resource: WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) is a plan for residents of western states to pay reduced tuition at certain programs that are at out of state public colleges: https://www.wiche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/WUE-onesheet-082023.pdf

College Spotlight (1:24:48): College Spotlight: University of Dayton 1 of 2


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