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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 Four: "College for Everyone: How College Counselors and Admission Officers Can Get You There"

In this episode, Jacques Steinberg, a member of the NACAC Board of Directors and the senior vice president for higher education and communications at Say Yes to Education and a former national education correspondent of The New York Times, welcomes Rafael Figueroa, dean of college guidance at Albuquerque Academy and former admissions officer at Wesleyan University (CT).

Their candid discussion of what educators and college admission professionals can do to help students and their families achieve the goal of getting into college provides practical advice and thought-provoking questions about the purpose and the pathways to higher education. 

Episode four 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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