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Students’ Perceptions of Financial Aid: A Follow Up - Monday Musings
In June, we had a post in this blog that talked about a RuffaloCODY/Scannell & Kurz survey that 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 conducted a follow-up to this survey in late spring, reaching out to 850 of these same seniors who had agreed to be contacted again at the end of their college search process. Of all of the findings, perhaps the most surprising was the change in responses to the question of the importance students assigned…Read more

Enrollment Management Web Resources - Monday Musings
If you’re like me, you may find it frustrating trying to keep up with the latest trends in enrollment management. I have a few favorite sources on the web that I check regularly and a few others I also try to keep up with, but new sources are constantly popping up. In the interest of putting a more comprehensive list together, I asked my colleagues here at S&K for their favorites. So now I feel totally on top of things. At least for today. Please post your favorites in a comment below. Blogs Chronicle of Higher Education Headcount Inside Higher Ed Blog U Washington Monthly College Guide Jon Boeckenstedt’s Admitting Things Bow Tie Admission Stamats MyCollegeGuide (see the archives) higheredlive.com/category/admissions-live/ Center…Read more

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