As a biostatistician, when I read a program like YC3 is “incredibly successful,” I instinctively look for numbers to back the assertion up. Associate Dean of Yale College Alison Cole does not provide any, however, simply claiming that “student usage is very high and post program feedback is very positive, appointments can be scheduled in a short period of time.” While I have no reason to doubt her, she also hasn’t provided any hard evidence why I should believe her, either.

PAUL MANGE JOHANSEN ’88 is an alum. Contact him at