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Scannell & Kurz Enrollment Management Blog

While Scannell & Kurz continues to provide the expert consulting and high level of service by which we define ourselves, as a division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz we also offer the benefits of our collaboration with a larger team of talented consultants.

Part of that collaboration involves our enrollment blog. Each week on this site, we have posted relevant research, insights, and recommendations to help you make the most of your strategies. We will now post to the Ruffalo Noel Levitz blog along with a good number of our colleagues—increasing the frequency and diversity of posts you’ll find on all manner of topics.

The Ruffalo Noel Levitz blog covers the key topics we have addressed: enrollment management, student retention, student recruitment, financial aid, and marketing. We are looking forward to not only continuing to share our insights with you, but to connect you with the additional strategies and recommendations of our new colleagues.

There’s also an option to subscribe for synopses of recent blog posts. You will continue to find, and be able to search, our archived blog posts here on this site.

We invite you to explore this resource—and to let us know if you’re looking for specific advice.


September 2011


Transfers, The New Freshmen - Monday Musings
As is likely the case in your hometown, here in Rochester, NY families have been experiencing the economic challenges brought about by the now long lasting deep recession. This has led more families to consider having their children attend two years of college community college before transferring to a four year institution. A great local example of this trend is Finger Lakes Community College which has seen its enrollment increase 45 percent since 2006. I believe we need to view this shift of graduating high school seniors away from four year colleges toward community colleges as the new normal. These future transfers are becoming the new freshmen. They represent an excellent recruitment opportunity for four year institutions struggling to…Read more

Net Price Calculator - Monday Musings
Welcome to Monday Musings — Scannell & Kurz’s new blog. Each Monday a team member from S&K will share their perspective on a higher education issue. We’ve added some new staff this summer, so be sure to check the team biographies section of our website to meet the rest of the S&K team. So my thought for this first Monday came from the fact that I just spent 20 minutes looking on a client’s website to find a net price calculator (NPC) THAT I KNEW WAS THERE! Somewhere. I finally found it buried on the institutional research office’s website. On the other hand, I’ve seen some institutions post their NPCs on the welcome page of their website. So I was musing about some possible reasons for this different behavior: Those burying their…Read more