Thursday, February 6, 2020

Preparing to Poach

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Preparing to Poach

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling, which has long been responsible for governing how colleges compete with one another for students, has reluctantly opened the doors to more aggressive student recruiting.

As the result of an antitrust lawsuit from the Department of Justice last year, the association struck from its code provisions that banned colleges poaching students from another institution. While years ago one might have been the subject of a NACAC complaint for sending materials to or increasing the financial aid offers of students committed elsewhere, those practices are now ostensibly fair game.

But whether or not colleges will take part in them, and to what degree, has yet to be seen. The organization changed the code in September, and this summer will be the first enrollment cycle when colleges may employ the new practices.

EAB, an education consulting firm, is offering some first predictions at how widespread those practices may be. Its research suggests a substantial minority of enrollment officers are considering poaching students from other institutions.

>> Of Note: Thirty-five percent of enrollment officers surveyed by EAB said they were considering offering transfer incentives to first-year students they had previously admitted but who are attending other colleges. Just under one-quarter surveyed said they were considering recruiting incoming freshmen who have committed to another college but have yet to enroll.

>> Between The Lines: Results did vary by the size of the institution. Respondents from very small institutions were the most likely, at 54 percent, to say they were considering recruiting rising freshmen who have committed elsewhere. Respondents from large institutions were the least likely to consider those practices.

>> What They're Saying: “I’m getting reports from counselors that families and students are playing the game, too,” Joyce Smith, CEO of NACAC said, “that they are applying early decision but not withdrawing applications from other schools, because they want to get better financial aid or better housing or better schedules. It stands to be chaotic.”

>> Be Smart: It will get worse before it gets better.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Inside Higher

2.  Battle of the Burgs

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The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team is set to host No. 2 Augsburg for the Annual "Battle of the Burgs" dual at 7 p.m. The Knights lead the all-time series, 21-16.

Wartburg is 15-0 overall, including a 24-15 victory against Augsburg back on Jan. 11 in the NWCA National Duals title match. The Orange and Black has won nine of the last 10 meetings, falling on Jan. 5, 2018 in a neutral site bout by a 21-17 count. The Auggies are 6-1 overall with the lone loss coming at the hands of Wartburg.

>> Top-10 Bouts to Watch

133: #1 Kris Rumph (W) vs. #2 Victor Gilva (A)
141: #4 Brady Fritz (W) vs. #5 David Flynn (A)
165: #2 Lucas Jeske (A) vs. #6 Max Forsyth (W)
184: #1 Tanner Vassar (A) vs. #2 Kyle Briggs (W)
197: #4 Kobe Woods (W) vs. #5 Lance Benick (A)
>> Complete History
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3.  Swimming Polls 

>> Complete Listing

4.  Preseason Poll Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

  1. Texas Lutheran
  2. Emory
  3. Eastern Connecticut
  4. Trine
  5. Williams
  6. Illinois Wesleyan
  7. Virginia Wesleyan
  8. Christopher Newport
  9. St. Thomas (Minn.)
  10. Randolph-Macon
11-15: Linfield, Lycoming, East Texas Baptist, Rowan, Birmingham-Southern.
16-20: Ithaca, Geneseo, Carthage, TCNJ, Tufts.
21-25: Central, Mary Hardin-Baylor, MIT, DePauw, Manhattanville.

>> Conference Call: American Southwest (2), CCIW (2), NESCAC (2), NJAC (2), ODAC (2), American Rivers (1), Capital (1), Liberty (1), Little East (1), MAC (1), MIAA (1), MIAC (1), NEWMAC (1), North Coast (1), Northwest (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), Skyline (1), SUNYAC (1), UAA (1).


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5.   About Last Night

No. 23 Men's Basketball Outlasts Coast Guard, 105-99, As Ross Totals 55 Points and 21 Rebounds

  Bria Lemirande posted her second triple-double in three games with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as Edgewood defeated Dominican, 73-45.

  Brandi Hall beat the buzzer and Albright as Stevenson downed the No. 24 Lions, 55-53.

  In a battle of teams vying for the lone Pool B slotKatie McShea scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out seven assists as Marymount trounced Cabrini, 68-45.

   Springfield's Jake Ross (pictured) poured in 55 points and corralled 21 rebounds as the Pride defeated Coast Guard, 105-99, in overtime. Justin Kane had 35 in a losing cause for the Bears.

  Keith Brown registered 42 points but it was not enough as Endicott fell at U. of New England, 98-93.

  Kienan Baltimore led the way with 27 points as Carthage went on the road and knocked off No. 8 Elmhurst, 81-77.

  Pomona-Pitzer took over sole possession of first place in the SCIAC with an 81-76 win against Claremont-M-S, sweeping the Sixth Street Rivalry. James Kelbert led the way with 20 points.

Tennis on emojidex 1.0.34  The top-ranked Trinity (Conn.) men's squash team had its 51-match home win streak snapped by No. 2 Harvard, 8-1.

6. Comings and Goings

7.  1 Fun Thing

Architectural rendering of Atari hotel

As many as eight Atari-branded hotels will pop up around the country, with the first one breaking ground in Phoenix this year.
  • Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, San Jose and San Francisco are also in line, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.
“I like rebooting stuff from the '80s from when I was a kid, and I thought it would be so cool to do real estate. Experiential is really popular right now." — Phoenix entrepreneur Napoleon Smith III, who's pulled off other old-school brand reboots like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, told the Business Journal.
Among the hotel's amenities: An esports studio, gaming playground and a movie theater. Guest rooms will come with enough bandwidth for multiple people to stream and play online games during their stay.
  • Paris-based Atari will receive 5% of the hotels' revenue, per the announcement.

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