Scannell & Kurz Enrollment Management Blog

January 2012

Retention Benchmarking Using Free Online Tools - Monday Musings
Retention is one of the hardest “needles” to move. Yet colleges and universities often set retention targets based on hopes and aspirations rather than a realistic assessment of what is likely to be possible based on both the institution’s history and external benchmarking. One tool that can be very helpful in setting realistic retention goals is The Education Trust’s College Results Online Advanced Search site, which can be found at Using this tool, you can identify other institutions that resemble yours in terms of some key factors that often influence retention such as institutional size and type; median SATs and selectivity; percent receiving Pell Grants; percent enrolled part-time; etc. As can be seen in…Read more

Abrupt Staffing Changes: Are You Prepared? - Monday Musings
I was recently talking with someone from an institution where a key leader in admission and financial aid had given very short notice of his departure during a critical part of the enrollment cycle (application evaluation time and the beginning of financial aid awarding). This discussion got me thinking about another situation I encountered a few months ago at a small institution where financial aid packaging was done manually by one individual who had not documented the process. How reliant are you on key individuals with specialized knowledge? What would happen if these people were suddenly not available? Since financial aid packaging season is here, and you can’t afford inaccurate or delayed offers of financial aid, take a moment to evaluate…Read more

New Year’s Resolutions Every Enrollment Manager Should Make for 2012 - Mondays Musings
Here are our 12 for '12: Will always base marketing, recruitment, and awarding decisions, as well as retention interventions, on empirical evidence and data analysis. Will create a “culture of evidence” among the enrollment management leadership team. Will mentor and provide professional development opportunities for the enrollment management leadership team. Will be sure that the admissions office and financial aid office share the common goal of net tuition revenue for new students. Will ensure that the admissions office appropriately resources the recruitment and enrollment of transfer students based on the transfer market share of new students. Will make sure the admissions office is armed with proof statements of the return…Read more