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College Counselors & Financial Aid - Monday Musings
A recent survey conducted by RuffaloCODY found that many rising high school seniors relied heavily on their school counselors for information on college financial aid. When students were asked where they had gotten information on financial aid, only college websites (with 40% of students citing them as a source) ranked higher than high school counselors (33%) as a source of information. We often talk about how, as enrollment managers, we no longer control the student recruitment conversation. This realization leads to a number of conclusions about the persistence of paper and email communications, the importance of the college’s website, and the roles of other key influencers. As you put together your recruitment plan for fall 2015, be…Read more

A Holiday Gift Guide: What Presidents Want From Their Enrollment Managers - Monday Musings
It’s the season for gift-giving, which caused S&K to think this week about what college presidents would like to receive from their enrollment managers. Presidents are so hard to shop for. Here are a few gift ideas for you: A healthy, collaborative relationship between the EM and the chief financial officer. The relationship should be an open, trusting and mutually supportive one. There should be a cohort-based revenue plan, with enrollment, institutional aid, net tuition revenue and discount rates for each student cohort as it enters the institution and then progresses through to graduation. It should be updated at least annually, if not each term. Effective collaboration between the EM and the chief academic officer, too. The EM needs…Read more

Saving Non-Enrolled Student Aid Data - Monday Musings
Why keep data on institutional aid awards in your student information system after admitted students tell you they won’t be enrolling in the fall? After all, you’ll probably never see these students again. Why take a chance that these dollars might find their way into internal and external reports of enrolled student aid? A surprising number of institutions still feel this way about aid data for non-enrolling students. The reason for keeping a record of those awards is simple and compelling – you can’t understand the role institutional merit and need-based aid play in prospective students’ enrollment decisions without data from enrolling and non-enrolling students. The best methods used to analyze the impact of scholarship and grant…Read more