Podcast: College Admissions Decoded

Developed in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues bribery scandal, NACAC launched its College Admission Decoded podcast series.

The series examines how the college admission process works for the approximately 20 million students who apply each year, as well as challenges to the process that the scandal brought to light. The series also spotlights how college access and college admission in the US can continue to make progress toward more inclusivity, transparency, and service to students.

College Admissions Decoded offers a true insider's perspective on the world of college admission. NACAC leaders and members take on the profession’s hottest topics, including the recent national scandal, legacy admission, media rankings, best fit, and shifting campus demographics. 

Episode Two: “Counseling Applicants and Families Amidst a Scandal”

Featuring insight from:

Jayne Fonash, NACAC President-elect
Jayne Fonash is an independent educational consultant who worked for more than 20 years as a college counselor at public high schools in Virginia.

Sanjay Mitchell, director of college and alumni programs at the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter school in DC.
Sanjay Mitchell previously served as the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University at Albany (SUNY). 

Jim Jump, academic dean and director of college counseling at St. Christopher’s School (VA)
Jim Jump is a past president of NACAC and author of the Ethical College Admissions column.

Episode two is moderated by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, a former journalist who worked at NPR and The Atlantic before launching her own digital media company.

Read the transcript.

Listen to the episode online or on Apple Podcasts.

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