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Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "!71 Answers", we will ded ...
 
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In this episode you will hear: (5:03) In this week’s news, an article from The Atlantic, “College Sports Are Affirmative Action for Rich White Students” by Saahil, Desai. African American males are known to dominate college football and basketball, but according to Desai, this is not a true reflection of who has access to college sports. It was ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:36) In this week’s news, a NY Times article “4 Years of College, $0 in Debt: How Some Countries Make Higher Education Affordable” by Lara Takenaga of the New York Times. Student debt in the US has reached $1.5 trillion while many recent graduates in other countries have graduated debt free. Takenaga’s article s ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (8:09) In this week’s news, a Philadelphia Magazine article “Teenagers are More Stressed Than Ever. Who’s to Blame?” by Tom McGrath. McGrath suggests that affluent parents play a large roll in teens who report that they are stressed all the time. As good hearted as their intentions may be, McGrath is saying that t ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:30) In this week’s news, an Atlantic article “How to Rank College Ranking Sites” by Will Dix. Dix does an outstanding job of highlighting the fact that there is a huge market for college rankings and he goes on to list and describe 13 ranking sites that families use amongst the various rankings that are availab ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:47) In this week’s news, an Atlantic article “Does is Really Matter Where You Go to College?” by Derek Thompson. Applying to the most elite institutions is highly stressful for so many people because they feel it’s the only way to get the absolute top notch instruction, to get connected to prestigious alumni an ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:28) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Colleges have been under pressure to admit needier kids. It’s backfiring”, by Catherine Rampell. A pair of university professors from Stanford and the University of Virginia have studied the disadvantages of schools who user certain “economic opportunity” ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:22) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Temple University Settles Suit Over Fudged Data on MBA Ranking”, by Kelsey Gee. Temple agrees to pay nearly $5.5 million to current and former business school students after the university acknowledged that their online MBA program’s top spot in a nationwi ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (4:20) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “Non-degree badges are booming, are they useful?”, by Matt Krupnick. While there is a general consensus on what a college degree represents, there is confusion over new online credentials and if they are useful to employers and job seekers. Thousands of creden ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (4:43) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Oberlin, University of Chicago and Other Elite Colleges Extend Application Deadlines”, by Melissa Korn. Schools are claiming to extend their application deadlines to ensure that all students have an opportunity to apply, however Korn suggests that this is ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:52) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus”, by Laura Pappano. What’s really on the table is the dicey matter of how diversity gets measured – and even now, what exactly it is. Should someone’s race, socio economic status, gende ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:33) In this week’s news, a Forbes article “6 Terms to Stop Using in College Admissions”, by Brennan Barnard. Barnard surveys admissions professionals about terms they feel should stop being used either because of their overusage or misconstrued understanding. Mark and Anika have a spirited and at times, “humoro ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:47) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Hackers Breach College-Applicant Databases and Seek Ransom”, by Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn. Hackers were recently able to reset college staff member passwords to get data on prospective students and attempt to sell it back to them for the sticker pric ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:04) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article "Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix-helping students graduate on time”, by Jon Marcus. While most students expect to earn degrees in 4 years, fewer than half actually do. Marcus outlines the reasons why students are not graduating within 4 years – beyo ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (2:39) In this week’s news, a Hollywood Reporter article "6 Tips From College Admissions Pros on Standing Out, by Margaret Loftus of US News. The author lists tips ranging from social media advice to building your academic strengths and recommendations. (21:59)We are in Chapter 63 of 171 Answers and we’re talking ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:40)In this week’s news, a Hollywood Reporter article"Everybody'sDoing It": Cheating Scandal Shows How Privileged Kids FakeDisability”, byScott Johnson and Peter Kiefer.According to parents and counselors, it’s common practice for parents at elite schools to pay for a doctor’s diagnosis that allows their childre ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (2:56) In this week’s news,a Vox. com article“What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America”, by Anna North.When the Department of Justice revealed that dozens of people were accused of bribery and lying so their kids could get into elite colleges,one question kept coming up ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:25) In this week’s news, a Boston Globe article “A catalog of wealth and privilege: Feds allege college bribery scam”, by Travis Andersen, John R. Ellement and Deirdre Fernandes. In what authorities are calling the largest college admissions scam ever – 33 parents and a California businessman named William Sing ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:30) In this week’s news, an Inside Higher article “Liberal Arts College Mega Mergers”, by John Kroger. We often hear of liberal arts colleges closing their doors or cutting faculty and programs. Kroger walks through the options that these schools should consider and points out the 3 main reasons they are findin ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:35) In this week’s news, a NY Times article “They’re not fact checking. How lies in college admissions can slip through the net”, by Anemona Hartocollis. The pressure on prospective students to lie or embellish in their college applications has intensified, admissions officers say, and colleges are doing little ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (2:41) In this week’s news, “New Front in College Admissions, Nudging Students to Decide Early”, by Douglas Belkin in the Wall Street Journal. (21:12) We are in chapter 57 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through how your student can showcase their passions for their activities they are involved in outside of scho ...…
 
(2:57) In this week’s news, “Ten College Majors with the Biggest Gender Gap”, by Katie Bardaro. While most attention turns toward the lack of women in STEM fields, many majors overwhelmingly experience gender imbalance and Bardaro writes that this is mostly contributed to how societal standards dictating how men and women should and should not ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:02) In this week’s news, “Parenting the College Admission Applicant -as an Admission Dean”, by Brennan Barnard. Bernard is not just a director of college counseling, college admission manager for Harvard Graduate School, and well written columnist – he is also a parent of a teenage son getting ready to take on ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (4:14) In this week’s news, we discuss an article that appeared in the Washington Post on April 7 th , 2018 by Jeffrey Selingo entitled, “The higher education divide: The ‘haves’ keep getting richer. Other schools? Not so much”. Mark and Anika discuss the disparity of wealth and demand between most colleges and a ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:11) In this week’s news, “As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?” by Jon Marcus. What is known publicly about what and whether college students learn is mixed. Some schools insist that measuring learning in college, and reporting the results, is surprisingly hard to do ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (1:54)In this week’s news, “A Tale of Two Institutions: Amherst And Wisconsin Take Education Down Different Paths”, by Willard Dix of Forbes. Dix draws attention to the difference in views of higher education’s purpose, by contrasting a liberal arts and a public institution – one that creates individuals with the ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (2:39)In this week’s news,”Furor over Blended and Active Learning”, by Mark Lieberman of Inside Higher Ed. Business students at the University of Central Florida are upset because the school has sprung a new learning model on them that has the majority of their learning time - outside the classroom - and reduces t ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:08) In this week’s news, “As student head back to campus, colleges fear a decline in international enrollment” by Sophie Quinton. Quinton reports how some schools have been cutting professors, programs, even athletic teams in response to falling international enrollments. She covers 3 main reasons why this coul ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (2:15) In this week’s news, “The Problem With PLUS: How Parents Buckle Under the Weight of College Debt” by Susannah Snider. Snider highlights the various reasons older Americans are the leading student loan debtors by way of Parent PLUS loans in this US News and World Report article. Not only is debt soaring amon ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 02:22 In this week’s news, we’re reviewing an article from the World Economic Forum “The 3 Key Skill Sets for the Workers of 2030”, by Adam Jezard. Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/the-3-skill-sets-workers-need-to-develop-between-now-and-2030/ 11:42 We are in Chapter 48 of 171 Answers and we are discus ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 05:20 In this week’s news, we’re reviewing an article from the Washington Post, “Senators Urge the U.S. News and World Report to Overhaul the College Ranking Formula”, by Nick Anderson. 16:34 We are in Chapter 47 of 171 Answers and we are discussing what would be considered a competitive ACT or SAT score. 25:46 Th ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 02:32 In this week’s news, “See Which Private Colleges Have Lowered Tuition Prices”, by Farran Powell. 12:26 We are in Chapter 46 of 171 Answers and we are discussing tips that can be used to improve ACT or SAT scores. 21:12 This week’s question is from a student who wants to know how to get a work study job, once ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 02:39 In this week’s news Mark adds a few more comments about the Harvard affirmative action case we discussed the last two weeks. Next we conclude our review of “How Gender Influences College Admissions” by Ilana-Kowarski. Not only do colleges often want a gender-balanced freshman class, but also strive to achiev ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 01:56 In this week’s news we conclude our review of “The Harvard Admission Trial Puts the School’s Dirty Secrets On Display” by Joan Biskupic. 19:51 We are in Chapter 44 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about how to decide whether to take the ACT or the SAT. 30:52 This week’s question is from a dad who wants to kn ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 02:24 In this week’s news we’re reviewing an article featured on CNN.com “The Harvard Admission Trial Puts the School’s Dirty Secrets On Display” by Joan Biskupic. The case, brought by a conservative group engineered by Edward Blum, argues that the university disfavors Asian-Americans. The trial has drawn overflow ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 02:15 In this week’s news we’re reviewing an article from The Atlantic, “The Rise of College Grade Forgiveness” by Jeffrey Selingo. Universities are letting students take classes over again—as a response to consumers’ expectations for higher education. 12:41 We are in Chapter 42 of 171 Answers and Mark is walking ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 3:00 In this week’s news…”Free College Goes Mainstream”, by Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed 12:30 We are in Chapter 41 of 171 Answers and Mark is walking us through the differences between the new SAT and the old SAT 18:55 This week’s question is from a mom who wants to know if the majority of spots that Ivy L ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:20 In this week’s news: Why Universities are Phasing out Luxury Dorms by Jeffrey Selingo of The Atlantic 12:35 We are in Chapter 40 of 171 Answers and Mark is breaking down the SAT standardized test. 19:10 This week’s question asks if contributing more to a 401K or pre-tax retirement plan would help a family qua ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:30 In this week’s news: Feeling Suicidal, Students Turned to Their College. They Were Told to Go Home, a recent article written in the New York Times by Anemona Hartocollis 11:45 We are in Chapter 39 of 171 Answers and Mark is breaking down the ACT standardized test. 18:45 This week’s question asks what would ha ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:00 In this week’s news: Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed writes about, Digging Deeper On Student Loan Default Rates and the alarming racial disparities that exist among borrowers 14:45 We are in Chapter 38 of 171 Answers and Mark is explaining what the National Merit Scholarship Program actually is and its various ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:20 - In this week’s news we’re discussing an article by Jeffrey Selingo that talks about the two most important college admissions criteria and how they now mean less. 10:50 - We are in Chapter 37 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about the importance of the PSAT test. 21:00 - This week’s question is from a mom w ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:28 In this week’s news Mark and Anika discuss an article by Doug Lederman of Inside Higher Ed that describes the financial dangers that many small private colleges are facing. 15:17 We are in Chapter 36 of 171 Answers and Mark and Anika are discussing how colleges evaluate high school grades. 26:20 This week’s q ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 3:48 In this week’s news we’re discussing an article that talks about student debt making way for soaring parent debt, and what you can do about it. 21:33 We are in Chapter 35 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about the senior year grades that selective colleges review and evaluate before making their admissions de ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:30 - In this week’s news we’re discussing an article on lessons learned and shared by college applicants. 8:20 - We are in Chapter 34 of 171 Answers and we’re talking about C students and the wide range of opportunities that they have to find a great college match. 19:15 - This week’s question is from a student ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 3:25 - In the news, we’re reviewing an article by Kyle Spencer in “The New York Times” that discusses how families that make over $100,000 are increasingly looking at community colleges. 15:45 - We are in chapter 33 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing how colleges evaluate high school class rankings. We also discu ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:25 In the news we’re reviewing an article by Jeffrey Selingo of “The Atlantic" that talks about how colleges purchase and use data to pursue college applicants. 10:45 We are in chapter 32 of 171 Answers and we’re discussing how colleges evaluate high school grade trends and what you should know are the positive ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:50 In this week’s news we’ll talk about an initiative launched by the Harvard Graduate School of Education that challenges admissions offices and officers to put more emphasis on a student’s concern for others and the common good, instead of just personal achievement. The initiative is called “Turning the Tide I ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:16 - In this week’s news we’ll review an article that shares 10 tips on how to cut the cost of college 10:40 - We are in Chapter 30 of 171 Answers and we’ll discuss the primary 4 types of grade point averages and why you should know which ones are being used by the colleges on your list. 19:30 - This week’s ques ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:25 - In this week’s news, we’ll talk about the disconnect between what colleges say and what students hear about admissions. 17:25 - We are in Chapter 29 of 171 Answers and we’ll discuss what traits colleges are looking for in students. 23:30 -This week’s question comes from a mom who wants to know how to evalua ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 3:20 - In this week’s news we’ll talk about the confusing information that colleges provide in their financial aid award letters. 18:08 - We are in Chapter 28 of 171 Answers and we’ll discuss the various college rankings and how to know when you can trust them. 26:50 - This week’s question continues as Part II of ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: 2:45 - In this week’s news we’ll talk about why top Georgia colleges are recruiting more rural students. 15:20 - We are in Chapter 27 of 171 Answers and we’ll discuss the parental role in deciding which colleges to apply to and which to select. 26:40 - This week’s question is from a mom who wants to know how her c ...…
 
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