As I discussed in my earlier post, the process of raising admissions standards while maintaining or increasing enrollments requires careful and thoughtful consideration that should be grounded in thorough data analysis and careful coordination among key campus constituents. Six additional areas for data exploration include the following:
- The search process. Given the current search function and systems used in the admission office, how many student inquiries meet the planned higher criteria? How many active high-ability prospective students inquire and actually enroll? What are the predictive model scores of these students and what is the likelihood that through advanced enrollment and scholarship practices, the institution will yield more high-ability students?
- Scholarship levels. What are the current yield rates with current scholarship programs? What are the dollar implications of narrowing the gap to yield more top-tier students?