Enrollment Management update

Higher education enrollment management is a complicated process that is often filled with new technologies, marketing, and social justice.

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Admissions in Michigan

The recent evisceration of affirmative action in Michigan has created a huge problem for admissions staff at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. The constitutional amendment in Michigan becomes an official part of the state’s constitution on December 22nd. Admissions applications and financial aid packages which were considered while affirmative action was on the books will now need to be modified to meet the new anti-affirmative-action-racist-sexist-white-supremacist-amendment.

The Michigan Attorney General has warned the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University that any attempts to delay the implementation of the new anti-affirmative-action-racist-sexist-white-supremacist-amendment via lawsuits will be “vigorously” challenged.

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Technology Knowledge Community 2.0

The NASPA Technology Knowledge Community has been resurrected!

Kudos to Leslie Dare, Kevin Guidry, et al. Leslie and Kevin, the new community co-chairs, are working on recruiting additional Technology Knowledge Community leaders/members. I am already virtually in line for TKC 2.0 membership ;-)

Wisconsin Regents Consider Race and Class

UW Regents consider race, income for admissions policy (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette):

A proposed rewrite of freshman admissions policy for the University of Wisconsin System would de-emphasize class rank and give greater weight to nonacademic factors such as race and income.

I think it’s wonderful that the University of Wisconsin System and its Board of Regents are considering race and income as admissions factors.

The article states that nameless, faceless, and random conservatives are opposed to an admissions policy which considers race and class.

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SEO, Threadless, Smog, Leprechauns

Kudos to OSU’s Office of Admissions

Oregon State University’s Office of Admissions website now displays a link to the Oregon University System Application Fee Deferral Form. The fee deferral is a terrific benefit for students who cannot afford to pay the $50 application fee.

By linking to the fee deferral form, Oregon State University’s Office of Admissions has removed a potential barrier for students who have high financial need.

Oregon State University’s Fee Deferral information availability rating is now 8/10
(the form is described and linked).

For more information about Oregon State University, check out the OSU Admissions Blog.

(Yes, this is a plug for the OSU Admissions Blog :-) I created the OSU Admissions blog using WordPress and Dan, Blake, and Julie are making it one of the premiere Admissions Blogs in the US.)

Blogs and Student Learning

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the “Blogs and Student Learning: Making Meaning and Connections through Graduate Student Portfolios” (PDF/2.3 MB) presentation that I co-presented with JW at the NASPA Western Regional Conference.

The presentation evaluation is located at ericstoller.com/blog/evaluation.

Blogfolio Blogging Presentation: Links

Here are all of the websites that JW and I gathered for our “Blogfolio” presentation.

Sites that were featured in the presentation:

Web Science Research Initiative

“The Web Science Research Initiative will allow researchers to take the web seriously as an object of scientific inquiry, with the goal of helping to foster the web’s growth and fulfill its great potential as a powerful tool for humanity.”

MIT and University of Southampton launch World Wide Web research collaboration:
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Cyber Communities – Emerging Issues Summit

PaperClip Communications is sponsoring a technology summit on Cyber Communities at the University of Tampa in January. I’ll be presenting two sessions on student development theory and the positive aspects of online communities/social networking sites. I’m charged with bringing a positive spin to the summit. I have two hours to educate participants that sites like Facebook and MySpace can add value to a student’s collegiate experience.

The irony of my PaperClip presentation is that they contacted me after they read this post. In the post I expressed my concerns regarding the vilification of technology within student affairs.

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