Transforming the Enrollment Machine: When Presidential Leadership Matters Most

Stay on message. In the ferocious competition for students today, effective presidents ensure that their enrollment teams not only understand the recruitment message, but that they also promote it effectively in each and every communication distributed to prospective students, parents and families—alumni, too. Because the best marketing strategies derive from strong and consistent messaging, presidents must insist on hiring enrollment staff who are fully briefed and conversant on the institutional brand, programs and unique features. Other institutional stakeholders can help you. Here are some tips for making sure that your enrollment team is walking in step with your presidential vision […]

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It is Time to Prepare for Increased Competition

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group Competition has been fierce for most colleges and universities over the last decade.  Changing demographics, increased costs and stagnant investment in financial aid at both the state and federal levels have made it harder for institutions to even maintain their enrollments, much less realize material growth.  The evolution in the market taking place in recent years, and likely to continue, is making things even more challenging. Declines in state support for financial aid continue. We are seeing a real change as states shift responsibility for providing access away from the local community and toward […]

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Another Record Recruitment Year at Louisiana State University of Alexandria

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group Louisiana State University of Alexandria posted another record year for recruitment. The institution implemented a new recruitment and financial aid model in 2013 and the results have been transformational. The outcomes for Fall 2016 are extraordinary: LSUA enrolled the largest number of students in history. Total student enrollments have increased by nearly 47% since 2013. The 529 new freshmen represent the largest number in history. On-line enrollment has increased by 64% in just the last year. The University enrolled a record number of students in its Honors Program. The University enrolled a record number […]

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Presidential Public Relations: Making Your College Well Known

Dr. Marylouise Fennell Principal Hyatt-Fennell Dr. Scott D. Miller President Virginia Wesleyan College For many years, Scott has had a quote taped to his computer from a longtime, nationally prominent presidential colleague: “I want to have the most effective internal communications in higher education. If we can start with this assumption…that will provide the platform for our external strategy. This belief in effective communications must drive our planning.” Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill had it right: all politics is local. It follows, then, that successful public relations strategies start on campus. With most college CEOs spending more than […]

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The Life-Changing Work of Ginger Young

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group Enrollment Management is an important division at any college or university. It is important because it addresses the very issues that define our purpose in higher education. We are, in fact, many things and seek to resolve many problems and accomplish myriad goals. But in essence, higher education is about teaching students, retaining students and graduating students with the skills necessary to become successful citizens. Retention and graduation rates may be the most difficult challenges faced by the majority of colleges and universities in this country. For much of the higher education market, […]

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Tuition Discounting: An Institution’s Friend or Foe?

Audra Kahr Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer Cedar Crest College October 2016 begins an unprecedented time in Student Financial Services/Financial Aid offices nationwide. The launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) “prior year” release has made institutions pause across the country as they evaluate how to navigate through a new normal. There are more questions than answers as we inch closer to the enrollment cycle for fiscal year 2017/18. Institutions know they are competing for a decreasing population of college aged freshman nationally, with some states experiencing a sharper decline than others. With fierce competition comes the […]

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Lamar State College-Port Arthur Engineers a Recruitment Marvel

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group It had been a difficult period for enrollment at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Applications and acceptances had been on a downward spiral and new student enrollments had dropped nearly 50% since 2009. These trends occurred during a time of tight budgets and declining funding for public colleges and universities. This community college in Texas needed a real enrollment overhaul. I had the pleasure of working with the new President, Dr. Betty Reynard and the newly minted Dean of Student Services (chief enrollment officer), Dr. Deborrah Hebert early last year to design and implement […]

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A Real Game Changer in College and University Financial Aid Continued:

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group The Obama administration has initiated a major change to the traditional financial aid cycle for colleges and universities. It was announced on September 14, 2015. Determining eligibility for federal financial aid in the past has been based upon the prior year tax returns. During a normal cycle for students intending to enroll in Fall 2016, financial aid eligibility is based upon the completed 2015 federal tax returns. The use of “prior year” tax information has been the requirement for decades. All of that changes for the coming Fall 2017 cycle. Various groups, including […]

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Using Best Enrollment Practices – When They Are Needed Most

Dr. Marylouise Fennell Principal Hyatt-Fennell Dr. Scott D. Miller President Virginia Wesleyan College Summer months are a critical period for college admissions offices. That’s when administrators are assessing accomplishments from the previous year, and dealing with potential shortfalls for the upcoming year. Even before July and August, however, enrollment professionals begin holding their breath. Usually by May, room-deposit trends are well established, signaling whether the enrollment staff will celebrate or commiserate. On most private college campuses, even a slight decrease in net revenue and yield, established by what happens in the admissions office, can translate into layoffs and cutbacks. It is critical therefore, that college CEOs closely monitor and encourage […]

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Louisiana State University at Alexandria Continues Unprecedented Growth

The last decade has been extremely difficult for public colleges and universities in Louisiana. Tax cuts and funding reductions have decimated the budgets of public institutions. Consider the following: Louisiana has cut $684 million dollars from public higher education since 2008. This amounts to a 40% reduction in the last decade. The state has cut funding more than any other state in the country. Louisiana still faces a $900 million deficit for the current year so additional cuts are likely. It has been estimated that another $70 million could be cut from the higher education budget. One institution is growing […]

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