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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


Racial ethnic enrollment fall 95 fall 08

Racial/Ethnic Enrollment: Fall 95 – Fall 08


Total and white enrollment fall 95 fall 08

Total and White Enrollment: Fall 95 – Fall 08


What prospects tell us

What Prospects Tell Us

  • Programs are unresponsive to inquiries

  • Location of programs discourages applications/

    attendance

  • Cohort structure

  • Program mix


Number of graduate programs by type

Number of Graduate Programs by Type


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


Median assistantship stipends

Median Assistantship Stipends


Difference between niu stipends and tuition fee charges compared to other institutions

Difference Between NIU Stipends and Tuition/Fee Charges Compared to Other Institutions


R d expenditures fy 2007

R & D Expenditures: FY 2007


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


Undergraduate enrollment fall 75 fall 08

Undergraduate Enrollment:Fall 75 – Fall 08


Graduate enrollment fall 75 fall 09

Graduate Enrollment:Fall 75 – Fall 09


Graduate enrollment

Graduate Enrollment


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%


Graduate enrollments by college fall 2009

Graduate Enrollments by College: Fall 2009


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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