Feeling the Heat: The 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors

Inside Higher Ed

Abstract:  Summarizes the results of a survey (that is linked in the article) conducted in 2013 of Admissions Officers about recruitment standards, students loans, consideration of race or sexual orientation in admissions, enrollment levels, and how to evaluate admissions directors.  There is some question about the validity of the survey in certain sections due to the sample size and response rate.  The survey is available if you submit some information for their use.



Getting the most out of “College Completion”

Video: Tour The Chronicle’s College Completion Web Site – College Completion – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Who graduates from college? Who doesn’t? And why does it matter? Use The Chronicle‘s new interactive site to answer those questions—and join the discussion. Jeff Selingo, The Chronicle‘s editorial director, shows you how to get the most out of the site.

Has tenure been outsourced?

Tenure in a Digital Era

Inside Higher Ed.  May 2009.

“Even as the use of electronic media has become common across fields for research and teaching, what is taken for granted among young scholars is still foreign to many of those who sit on tenure and promotion committees. In an effort to confront this problem, the MLA and a consortium called the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory have decided to find new ways to help departments evaluate the kinds of digital scholarship being produced today. The MLA ran a program for department chairs at last year’s annual meeting in which chairs were given digital scholarship to evaluate, and that will take place again this year.”

Net price calculators

Calculating Costs and Benefits
Inside Higher Ed, September 20, 2011

“New federal requirements have lately been likely to draw groans and complaints from college and university officials who feel deluged by ever-changing rules and regulations. But one change taking effect later this year has found many colleges ready, even eager, to comply.
The requirement that colleges display “net price calculators,” which prospective students can use to estimate how much they will have to pay after federal or institutional grants, has become the rare mandate that many colleges have embraced — and that a small private industry has sprung up to help fulfill.

The calculators are seen as a boon for admissions officers, who want to use them to reach prospective students, and for financial aid advisers, who see them as a starting point; they are even seen as a way to reshape institutional aid and pricing policies by making practices more transparent. (Some admissions experts are more skeptical. See this Views essay from Inside Higher Ed that ran last year.)…”