Tune in to admissions info

Published Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Dave

I moonlight as a public radio producer for KALW, in San Francisco. This past Monday I invited Eric Forbes, Director of Enrollment Services for the California State University, and Bruce Poch, Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Pomona College, to come on the show to discuss the changing landscape of university admissions in California. (The same guy from the previous NY Times Q&A post.) Mr. Forbes talked about how the state’s $800 million education shortfall is affecting both his school and the University of California. Mr. Poch painted a vividly different picture. The show… Continue Reading

4 Perspectives on Admissions

Published Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by Dave

This great Q&A session from the New York Times brings together the deans of admissions from four universities: University of Texas at Austin, Lawrence University, in Wisconsin, Yale University, and California’s own Pomona College (voted Best Classroom Experience by Princeton Review and Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance). It’s an excellent quick-reference guide for both future undergrads and parents, helping demystify the admissions process. Some of their answers are surprising. A few samples… I’ll save some of the best for after the jump, including how your skills as a bassoonist might be your ticket… Continue Reading

The writer who couldn’t read

Published Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Dave

You think you have a difficult time with Critical Reading passages? Be lucky you don’t suffer the same problem as popular crime novelist Howard Engel.

In a Cal State of mind

Published Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Dave

Have your sights set on one of Cal State’s 23 campuses? You may not need to take the SAT — but you might want to anyway. The university says on its CSUMentor site that students who are residents of California and who have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher are guaranteed admission. But they don’t say to what campus. If you have a specific one in mind, you’re encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT. Even then, CSU will only look at your scores on the Critical Reading and Math sections. That… Continue Reading

Drawing on time

Published Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by Dave

Philip Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of psychology at Stanford University. In this super cool ‘animated’ video he conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. No, this has nothing to do with the SAT. It’s just way insightful. Yes, though, there is a common thread between this post and the last: “We are underestimating the power of technology in re-wiring young people’s brains.” You gotta watch to at least 8 mins… Continue Reading


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