YCBK 156: Common App Will No Longer Ask About Discipline Records

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(09:10) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes “Common App Will No Longer Ask About Discipline Records, by Elana Lyn Gross. The Common App is eliminating a question that asks college applicants to disclose if they have been subject to disciplinary action in high school after finding the answer disproportionately impacts low-income students and students of color. Mark and Dave discuss the history of this question and they debate whether this decision is a good one or a bad one.

(27:00) We’re in chapter 156 of 171 Answers and we’re talking through how to accept a federal student loan.

(34:18) This week’s question asks how to tell the selectivity level of a college. What may seem like a simple question actually has a pretty complex answer.

(56:09) Mark resumes his interview with Amin Gonzalez-VP and Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University in Part 2 of 3-How to effectively utilize the Additional Information section of the Common Application

(01:03:51) Recommended resource: Politico’s weekly roundup of stories related to education. Plus two books to help understand the White Power movement: “Hate in the Homeland” by Cynthia Miller Idris and “Bring the War Home” by Kathleen Belew

(01:13:42) College spotlight: University of New Mexico (

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