Archive for September, 2008

Continuum Update

We’ve had our test database for about three working days now. It’s been fun! I found a lot of things that I didn’t realize we would need, but 422 Group has been GREAT to work with and they are so patient! Which is good, beucase I’m sort of new to all of this. Next steps are traning and workflow loading. I’m really looking forward to training, even though it will be a few weeks. In the meantime, I feel like I’m already learning a lot just by playing around and trying things out.

My only big concern is how all this will work with our incoming applications. We’ve had a TON of applications submitted! That’s good news for our office, but I don’t want to end up with a massive amount of extra data entry. That makes more work for our data-entry team who is already nervous about the new system. I guess if everyone is willing to pitch in, we’ll be in good shape.

September 15, 2008 at 9:56 am 2 comments

Parents in Recruitment

While I’m waiting for our test environment to be ready, I’ve been spending some time wearing my Admissions Counselor hat. College Web Editor posted some results of a parent survey done by Noel-Levitz. Check it out here: At first I just looked over the survey results, then did a LOT of highlighting and thinking. Then, after composing my thoughts (watch for steam), I saw that she posted some notes from the presentation. Coincidentally her notes from the session mirrored a lot of what I was going to say, and in a much better way. So, here are the notes from the presentation at EduWEB.

I would like to make note of one thing though. They may have discussed this in the actual session, but after many application reads and discussions with co-workers I have noticed a trend. I have seen several applications in very neat handwriting with a sloppy signature that could not possibly be written by the same person. Or, maybe a mom calls your office and says “I was filling out my son’s application and accidentally marked him as a girl”. Or, maybe they are asking questions during the school day about submitting an online app and happen to mention they’ll have to get back to you with the clarification you’re looking for. When asked if they would complete an admissions application on behalf of their student, about 60% of the parents polled say that they wouldn’t do it and wouldn’t give it any thought. Really? What about my coworkers in higher education… Do you think this number is accurate? Maybe I’m jaded, or over-dramatic, or both. But I think more than 40% have done it or at least considered it. So, what say the Higher Ed crowd?

September 4, 2008 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

Implementation – Steps 2 – ??

This week we’re ready to go further in our Implementation. FINALLY! We had a small hiccup in our plans due to the test file taking longer than we were anticipating, but now we’re ready to roll. I have a converstaion  coming soon with our rep from 422 Group (who is AWESOME BTW) to discuss training, next steps, etc. I guess this is where the rubber starts to meet the road and we really dig into this. I feel good about it though because my high school visits are scheduled, our major mailings are on their way to the mail houses, and I’m ready to go with our new system.

I think the biggest struggle with this whole process coming up is going to be balancing all of the workload. Not only am I in charge of making sure our mailings go out, I also have high schools to visit, apps to review, students to meet with, etc. Normally this isn’t a big deal, but with a big project going on, this could get interesting.

For the seven people who normally read my blog, you may find a shift to Admissions Type stuff this time of year. Let’s all cross our fingers for the new system, travel season, and everything else to happen over the next few months.

September 2, 2008 at 9:39 am Leave a comment


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