Posts tagged ‘applications’

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.

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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


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