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A weekly podcast for parents and high school students about the world of college, brought to you by Policy Studies in Education.

A weekly podcast for parents and high school students about the world of college, brought to you by Policy Studies in Education.

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New York, NY

Description:

A weekly podcast for parents and high school students about the world of college, brought to you by Policy Studies in Education.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 102: Using Technology To Communicate with Colleges

12/8/2016
Today’s episode takes us into the world of technology, so that means I’m already in trouble, but fortunately not Marie. We want to highlight four ways colleges find out things about applicants, now that we live in a world of super-connectedness--which can be good and can be not so good. 1. Email Address So, let’s start with the most obvious: an applicant’s email address. Virtually all kids have email addresses these days; indeed, kids are called on to provide them as part of the Common...

Duration:00:23:04

Episode 101: College Application Fees--Oh, My!

12/1/2016
Welcome back after our Thanksgiving break. We hope your holiday was not ruined by college application hysteria. With about a month to go until many application deadlines hit, we would like to take up a practical topic that might affect how many applications your teenager is thinking about submitting in a few weeks. That topic is application fees. 1. The Cost For some of you, the cost of submitting an application--which is likely to be somewhere between $35 and $75 per application--is not a...

Duration:00:20:53

Episode 100: Historically Black College and University Freshman Enrollment on the Rise

11/17/2016
Well, it is the 100th episode of our podcast, which started out as NYCollegeChat and then rapidly became USACollegeChat when we realized that everything we had to say was useful to families all over the USA and not just in our home state of New York. In the television business, having 100 episodes is a big deal because it means that the show lasted long enough and with sufficient quality to be syndicated (actually, it’s really only 88 episodes, or what used to be four full 22-episode...

Duration:00:21:08

Episode 99: College Application Essays—One More Time (Part II)

11/10/2016
As I said last week, I am still mired in the swamp of college application essays, which I am reviewing and editing for 50-plus kids. As you might recall, my comments last week and this week are based on the essays of kids who attend top-ranked public high schools. Let me just say that all of the kids are smart and that all of them take honors and Advanced Placement courses. Last week, we talked about the content of their application essays, and this week we are going to talk about the...

Duration:00:19:33

Episode 98: College Application Essays—One More Time (Part I)

11/3/2016
In November and December, we will be doing a mercifully short series entitled “The Last Minute.” Because that’s what it is--the last minute for finishing up most college applications and getting them submitted. Of course, some colleges have Regular Decision deadlines beyond the first of the year (especially some large public universities), and some colleges have rolling admissions (meaning that they take in and decide about applications virtually year-round). And some teenagers have just...

Duration:00:34:12

Episode 97: An Overview of Your Teenager’s List of College Options

10/27/2016
In our last four episodes, we have been suggesting some steps to take in order to narrow down your teenager’s long summer list of college options. But let us be the first to say that we are okay if your list is still long--say, 15 colleges or so. Let us say again that we know many “experts” will complain about a longish list, including guidance counselors or college counselors, who understandably see long lists from seniors as a lot of extra work. But we really don’t want your teenager to...

Duration:00:16:41

Episode 96: Narrowing Down Your Teenager’s College List--Step 4

10/20/2016
In our last three episodes, we have been suggesting some steps to take in order to narrow down your teenager’s long summer list of college options in case it is too long. However, as we have begun to say--and frankly, I am a bit surprised by this--perhaps your list is not really too long. Let’s say you still have about 15 colleges on the list. Even though we said in our book (How To Find the Right College: A Workbook for Parents of High School Students, available at amazon.com) that applying...

Duration:00:15:59

USACC095: Narrowing Down Your Teenager’s College List--Step 3

10/17/2016
In our last two episodes, we have been talking with you about how to narrow down your teenager’s long summer list of college options in case it is too long. As that list begins to get shorter, I am beginning to feel as though we should have let you keep it long. Well, not crazy long--but 15 colleges or so is still reasonable to me, at this point in the process. As we have said before, there are quite a few colleges out there that would likely be a good match for your teenager. Don’t feel...

Duration:00:16:54

Episode 94: Narrowing Down Your Teenager’s College List--Step 2

10/6/2016
In our last episode, we started narrowing down your teenager’s long summer list of college options. It made me sad to do it, but I had to admit that fall was here and it was time. But we hope that you have plenty of colleges left on that list--at least 15 for now. And we know that many of them would be a great choice for your teenager, because, as we said last week, there is not just one perfect choice for him or her. First, let us remind you that you can now complete the Free Application...

Duration:00:26:37

Episode 93: Narrowing Down Your Teenager’s College List--Step 1

9/29/2016
We have put off narrowing down your teenager’s long summer list of college options as long as we can. I hate to start the narrowing because it always seems to me as though the colleges taken off your list might be opportunities missed. But we all have to remember that there is not just one college that is a good choice for your teenager. There are likely quite a few colleges that would be not just good, but excellent, choices for your teenager. So, in that spirit, let’s see where we stand...

Duration:00:22:08

Episode 92: Don’t Use These Two Filters for Your Teenager’s College List!

9/22/2016
Well, it is time to start narrowing your teenager’s long summer list of college options--that is, if he or she made such a list by using our 10 assignments this summer. Of course, if your teenager did not make such a list, there is still time to do so, but get moving. I would recommend taking his or her top 20 college choices and running through the 10 assignments at breakneck speed, because the time to narrow down that list is fast approaching. 1. The Numbers Game We have promised you...

Duration:00:19:16

Episode 91: Think Harder About Community Service

9/15/2016
Hopefully, you have finished your 10 summer assignments designed to expand and then investigate seriously the colleges on your teenager’s long summer list of college options. So, let’s review what those 10 assignments were: expanded your teenager’s long summer list of college options--average high school GPA, high school class rank, SAT or ACT scoresrequired and recommended courses to be completed in high schooleach college’s undergraduate enrollmentvsstudent-to-faculty ratio and class...

Duration:00:33:17

Episode 90: Assignment #10—It’s Never Too Late To Add One More College

9/1/2016
This is an episode we like to call “It’s Never Too Late To Add One More College.” Now, if your teenager and you have done your nine assignments this summer to expand and then investigate seriously the colleges on your teenager’s long summer list of college options, you are probably wondering what we mean by “adding one more.” But, first, let’s review the nine assignments you have already done—and it’s an impressive group: expanded your teenager’s long summer list of college options--average...

Duration:00:27:42

Episode 89: Assignment #9--Looking at College Schedules

8/25/2016
Assignment #9 is going to give your teenager and you a chance to see some of the most innovative ideas some colleges have, in my opinion. And it’s such a simple topic: that is, how is the academic year scheduled into terms--semesters, trimester, quarters, or whatever. But, first, let’s review what you have already done (and that’s a lot with eight assignments completed, we hope): expanded your teenager’s long summer list--average high school GPA, high school class rank, SAT or ACT...

Duration:00:16:46

Episode 88: Assignment #8--Looking at College Housing and Safety

8/18/2016
Assignment #8 should be another of the more enjoyable and less academic assignments. Its premise is that, if a student is not living at home during college, then the kinds of residence halls or other campus housing available at a college makes a difference in the life of that student--at least for the freshman year and often for much longer. We feel as though you all are getting a well-rounded view of the colleges on your teenager’s long summer list of college options so far. Here’s what you...

Duration:00:31:15

USACC087: Assignment #7--Looking at Core Curricula

8/11/2016
Well, this is Assignment #7, which means that your teenager and perhaps you have done a lot of work so far. Take a look back and look at all you have accomplished this summer: expanded your teenager’s long summer list--average high school GPA, high school class rank, SAT or ACT scores of admitted and/or enrolled freshmencourses to be completed in high schoolundergraduate enrollmentvsstudent-to-faculty ratio and class sizescommunity each college is located in This episode’s assignment takes...

Duration:00:37:43

Episode 86: Assignment #6--Looking at College Location, Not Distance

8/4/2016
Your teenager and you should be learning a lot about colleges if you have been keeping up with your assignments. Yes, we know it’s summer, but you will thank us in September. Let’s review what you have done so far (we hope): expanded your teenager’s long summer list--average high school GPA, high school class rank, SAT or ACT scores of admitted and/or enrolled freshmencourses to be completed in high schoolcollege’s undergraduate enrollmentvsstudent-to-faculty ratio and class sizes This...

Duration:00:17:26

USACC085: Assignment #5--Looking at College Size

7/28/2016
Four assignments down and several yet to go in this summer college search process that we hope you are undertaking with us. We hope that your teenager and you are learning a lot about colleges in general and a lot about the colleges that are on your teenager’s long summer list of college options. We hope that your teenager’s list is still long--because there is plenty of time to shorten it after September comes. To recap, in your first four assignments, you have expanded your teenager’s...

Duration:00:21:44

Episode 84: Assignment #4—Looking at College Enrollment Breakdowns

7/21/2016
We hope that all of you parents and/or high schoolers have finished the first three assignments we gave you for starting or continuing your college search process. We have a handful more ahead. There’s nothing like having homework all summer. However, if these assignments can make your autumn a little better, you will be glad you spent the time now. When everyone else is running around looking up information about colleges, you can be relaxing. Sort of. In your first three assignments, as...

Duration:00:29:13

Episode 83: Assignment #3—Looking at One More College Admission Standard

7/14/2016
So, parents of juniors (and parents of freshmen and sophomores who are thinking ahead) you have had your first two assignments in the college search process. We hope we are keeping you busy, but—more importantly—interested in what can be a fascinating and actually enjoyable process. So far, we have had you expanding your teenager’s long summer list of college options so that you are truly ready to narrow it in the fall. And we have had you check out key admission standards for the colleges...

Duration:00:17:39