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Recruitment, Admissions, Trends, and Tensions. Graduate School EM Task force Presentation. Admissions Staffing. Director of Admissions, DSO, & OnBase Goddess International Admissions/Record Officer & DSO Domestic Admissions/Record Officer & recruitment

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recruitment admissions trends and tensions

Recruitment, Admissions, Trends, and Tensions

Graduate School

EM Task force Presentation

admissions staffing
Admissions Staffing
  • Director of Admissions, DSO, & OnBase Goddess
  • International Admissions/Record Officer & DSO
  • Domestic Admissions/Record Officer & recruitment
  • Domestic Admissions/Records Representative
  • Two “clerk typists”
application process
Application Process
  • Dynamic application
  • The Amazon Model
    • Immediate message
    • Within 2 working days, electronic acknowledgment and directions re:
      • using MYNIU to track progress and
      • submitting Statement of Purpose
    • Email sent to referees with instructions on uploading letter of recommendation
admissions materials
Admissions Materials
  • Electronic documents
    • Application (circa 9,000/year: peak November-March)
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • GRE/GMAT
  • Paper documents
    • Transcripts
    • Other test scores
  • Program-specific materials
    • Portfolio, writing sample, interview
admissions processing
Admissions Processing
  • Initial review of application materials
    • Correct errors
    • Check authenticity and accreditation
    • Maintenance of PS checklists
    • Minimum standards for GPA and TOEFL/IELTS test

scores

  • Substantive review by program faculty
  • Programs make admission recommendations
  • Grad School accepts or rejects recommendations and

formally admits or denies

recruitment office
Recruitment Office
  • 100 domestic events/year (i.e. university visits, graduate fairs, corporations)
  • Additional visits to Europe and Africa
  • Partner with ISFO
  • Partner with faculty
recruitment process
Recruitment Process
  • Distribute contact info from fairs/ visits
  • GS follows-up with prospects
  • GS follows-up with applicants
  • GS follows-up with programs
  • GS communicates with admitted students
what prospects tell us
What Prospects Tell Us
  • Programs are unresponsive to inquiries
  • Location of programs discourages applications/

attendance

  • Cohort structure
  • Program mix
why do admitted students not attend
Why Do Admitted Students Not Attend?
  • Life interferes
  • Visa issues
  • Costs
  • Safety school
  • No assistantship offer/uncompetitive assistantship offer
a word about assistantships
A word about assistantships
  • Fall 2009: 1,310 assistants
  • 22% of all graduate students; 27% of degree-seekers
  • Stipend range: $195 - $23,260 (with tuition waiver benefit: $2,661 - $30,478)
  • Average (actual): $8,312; Median $8,440.
  • Annualized (9 months) average : $8,757; Median $9,000
  • 503 assistants receive a stipend < the tuition waiver benefit
another word about graduate students and money
Another Word about Graduate Students and Money
  • Graduate students don’t pay
    • $10 million in waivers to assistants/year
    • $17 million in waivers to all GRADs
    • $10 million in salaries/year
  • Graduate students do pay
    • Estimate of $20 million per Fall and Spring in tuition and fees paid by graduate students
    • Services rendered
national enrollment trends
National Enrollment Trends
  • Fall 2008
    • circa 2.3 million in graduate school nationwide
    • 85% of first-time graduate students in a master’s or certificate program
    • education, business, and health sciences accounted for 50% of first-time enrollment
  • 1998-2008: greatest growth in the broad fields of physical sciences, engineering, and health sciences
  • 2003-2008: greatest growth – ACCY, health and medicine, psychology, C&I, industrial engineering, higher education, special education, library science, philosophy
enrollment trends at niu 06 09
Enrollment Trends at NIU 06-09
  • CBUS: 818/777 down 41 or -5%
  • CEDU: 2,077/1,747 down 330 or -16%
  • CEET: 210/273 up 63 or 30%
  • CHHS: 423/435 up 12 or 3%
  • CLAS: 1,280/1,243 down 43 or -3%
  • CVPA: 241/218 down 23 or -9.3%
  • SAL: 1,202/1,200 down 2
  • TOTAL: 6,251/5,893 down 358 or -6%
take aways
Take-Aways
  • Masters-level enrollment, to a lesser extent SALs, drive enrollment
  • A relatively small number of programs, but comparatively large enrollment (i.e. juxtaposed to UG enrollment and to comparison group)
  • Predominately part-time enrollment
  • Highly competitive local market, especially in education and business
  • Highly competitive global market, especially for doctoral students and in the STEM disciplines
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