The Dysart Model: A Seven Part Model for Success

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Dr. Katelyn Sanders
Director of Admission & Alumni Affairs
Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy
Shenandoah University

Dr. Scott D. Miller
Virginia Wesleyan University


An accompanying feature underscores the remarkable success of implementing a comprehensive enrollment model despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.  This feature not only highlights the immediate benefits of the model's implementation, which has led to a significant surge in student enrollment, but also emphasizes its enduring advantages.  Much credit is attributed to the strategic application of John Dysart, president of The Dysart Group of Chicago, and his proven seven-part enrollment model of success.  This model, developed over three decades, has established itself as a robust framework for attracting and retaining diverse student populations.


Traditional Undergraduate

At the heart of the enrollment model, the traditional undergraduate program focuses on high school graduates seeking a comprehensive on-campus educational experience.  This segment encompasses the largest student population and revenue source, offering a broad array of academic disciplines and extracurricular opportunities.


Traditional Transfers

The second facet caters to transfer students aiming to seamlessly continue their educational journey.  By offering a smooth transition process and tailored support services, institutions welcome students from other colleges who seek a fresh start or specialized programs.



Providing flexible learning options for non-traditional students, including working professionals and individuals with family commitments, the evening and weekend programs accommodate diverse learners' schedules.  This approach draws a varied group of learners eager to pursue higher education on their own terms.



The online program extends the reach of institutions beyond geographical confines, enabling students from different regions and time zones to access quality education remotely.  With a robust online infrastructure, institutions ensure a seamless virtual learning experience for students worldwide.



Catering to students pursuing advanced degrees, graduate programs offer specialized training and research opportunities.  These programs respond to the growing demand for advanced education in various fields, enhancing institutions' reputation as academic centers of excellence.


Dual Enrollment

An integral component of the model, early enrollment initiatives attract high-achieving high school students eager to begin their college education ahead of time. These academically motivated individuals benefit from advanced coursework and immersive experiences, setting the stage for a successful college journey.


Continuing Education/Workforce Development

Nurturing a commitment to lifelong learning, continuing education and workforce development programs provide professional development opportunities for working adults.  These programs enhance employability, empowering students to remain adaptable and competitive in their careers.

Through these seven interconnected components, institutions have established comprehensive and inclusive enrollment models that appeal to a wide spectrum of learners.  The post-pandemic period has illuminated the resilience of this approach, validating its effectiveness in attracting and retaining students even in challenging circumstances.

As the trajectory of enrollment success is traced, it becomes evident that John Dysart's expertise and guidance have played a pivotal role in shaping and refining this model over the years.  His commitment to fostering a diverse and thriving academic community has yielded tangible results, positioning institutions as noteworthy examples in higher education enrollment strategies.

In conclusion, the enduring seven-part enrollment model of success has demonstrated its efficacy both before and during the pandemic.  It is also durable, meaning that a fluctuation in any one area can be offset by higher success in another.  With its adaptability and emphasis on meeting the diverse needs of learners, institutions continue to flourish while upholding their dedication to educational excellence.

Thanks to John Dysart's visionary leadership and the unwavering dedication of the higher education community, institutions are poised to shape the future of higher education for years to come.

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