Monday, June 8, 2020

Admissions Update

JUNE 8, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Admissions Update

by Scott Jaschik,

"Occidental College is a good illustration of the admissions challenges facing private colleges this year.

On June 1, Occidental had 572 deposits from freshmen for the fall. That is just slightly below the 580 to 590 Occidental estimates it needs to have a good class, when considering the inevitability of summer melt. The college's target was 535.

But this year, summer melt -- when some students who have accepted offers of admission say they will go elsewhere -- started early. The college has already lost 41 students to summer melt. (Some committed prior to June 1.) So with 531 students now, it is likely (if summer melt continues) to be short of its enrollment goals, likely by 10 percent or more.

Some would say that being down 10 percent in freshmen would be good for a college like Occidental. Surveys of potential college students have suggested that as many as 20 percent of college freshmen aren't going to their original first-choice college. Some will stay home and go to a community college. Others will enroll closer to home. Others won't go to college at all.

In reviewing private colleges' real numbers as of June 1 (the date many of them gave students to reply to admissions offers), Inside Higher Ed came up with no single trend to define their performance. All are working hard (well into summer) on their classes. For some, this is later than they usually have to focus on a new class. But their successes and disappointments vary."

>> Signs of Health: "Janet Lape Marsden, vice president for communications at Kenyon (Ohio) College, said the college has a goal of enrolling 500 new students in the fall, and it has 538 deposits. The class is expected to be Kenyon's most racially diverse ever. Muhlenberg (Pa.) College surpassed its first-year budget target of 550 with 575 deposits for the fall. In Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is having a good year. As of June 1, the college has 565 deposits. Last year, it had 531 deposits, which resulted in 506 matriculating students. If this year's summer melt is the same, it will have 530 freshmen in the fall, which exceeds the budget target of 526."

>> Difficulties: "At Wells Collegewhich has said it would be forced to close if New York governor Andrew Cuomo does not permit the resumption of in-person classes, the college had 140 deposits for new first-year students as of June 3. The college's goal for the year is 145 to 165 first-year students. Union (N.Y.) College has 520 deposits toward a target of 570. The college is working off its waiting list and has reopened admissions for those looking for a spot. Otterbein (Ohio) University currently has 500 freshmen signed up for the fall. The goal (based on where the college was last year at this time) is 623. Paul Steenis, vice president of enrollment and dean of admission at Knox (Ill.) College, said the college currently has 290 freshmen signed up. The original goal was 320."

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2. Redlands FB Coach Placed on Leave

by Josh Peter, USA TODAY

"Mike Maynard, head football coach at the University of Redlands in Southern California, was placed on administrative leave Saturday because of a social media post “that has been causing distress in our community,’’ athletic director Jeff Martinez announced.

Earlier this week, Maynard commented on a video showing an explosive detonating inside a car during protests in Riverside, California, replying to the post with: “What kind of bomb? I want one of those.’’

Protests have been staged across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death while in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Martinez said the school became aware of the social media post on Wednesday and did not explain why the school waited until Saturday to announce it has taken action."

>> What's Next: The school’s Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer will lead a formal review of the matter at the request of the school’s dean, Donna Eddleman, according to Martinez. Martinez also said Maynard was put on administrative leave “without prejudgment.’’

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3.  Video Review Approved in Hoops

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by Greg Jackson, NCAA

"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved allowing officials to conduct instant replay reviews in scenarios where they call a possession dead due to a shot-clock violation.

If the official sees on video review that the shot-clock violation was called in error and the shot was made, the call will be reversed and the field goal will count. The rule will be effective for the 2020-21 academic year.

Previously, if that scenario occurred, officials did not have the opportunity to correct the call via video review, because once they whistled the possession dead for a shot-clock violation, it didn’t matter if the ball went in the basket or not."

>> Situational Awareness: "NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members, who recommended the rules change, think an error of this kind could lead to a game-winning or game-losing field goal being wiped away. Since shot-clock judgments require split-second decisions, they think officials should have the opportunity to use video review in this situation to ensure that the integrity of the game is maintained."

>> Re-Set: "The panel approved expanding that rule so that most times the offense retains possession of the ball for a throw-in in the frontcourt, the shot clock will be reset to 20 seconds or the time remaining, whichever is greater. However, when there is a change of team possession in the backcourt and the ball remains live, the shot clock would reset to 30 seconds."

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4. Changes Coming to Hockey OT

by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"The Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee proposed changes to the current overtime format in the sport, starting with the 2020-21 academic year.

Committee members, who met virtually for four days this week, recommended that all teams tied at the end of regulation would play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period to decide a winner. If neither team scores, a three-person shootout could be used in conference games or in-season tournaments for advancement purposes.

In regular-season nonconference games that go into overtime, teams would be allowed to play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death period. If neither team scores, the result of the game would be a tie."

>> Background: "Committee members think this proposal aligns NCAA ice hockey with all the other high-level leagues around the world. They feel the 3-on-3 overtime format is widely recognizable and exciting for all participants."

>> Quotable: “Our committee’s job is to do what we believe is best for the game,” said Hilary Witt, women’s ice hockey coach at New Hampshire and interim rules committee chair. “As the game continues to evolve at all levels, we feel it is important for college hockey to evolve with it.”

>> More from the Rules Committee

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5. For the Love of Sport

by Lois Elfman,

"With no athletic scholarships and schedules often jam-packed with multiple obligations, Division III student-athletes still make time for the sports they love while pursuing academic excellence.

In Division III, pretty much all sports are non-revenue-generating, and student-athletes compete in front of small groups of fellow students and diehard fans. There are few perks though. Athletic departments try to make the most with what they have, driven by the desire to give sports-minded students a complete collegiate experience.

These schools are both rural and urban, and some are known for their exceptional academics. No matter the situation, you can always find athletes as passionate about their sports as a cornerback at an FBS school in the Power Five.

The lack of glamour doesn’t diminish their love of competing and the pride they take in representing their college or university. We check in with three D-III student-athletes, who share what is driving them to achieve excellence."

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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Amusement Park Thing 

photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

"[T]he return of Universal Orlando’s theme parks after a nearly three-month shutdown saw light attendance ... and no major back-ups as visitors mostly complied with new safety procedures, like temperature checks," the Orlando Sentinel reports.
  • "The parks — Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and the Volcano Bay water park — had been shut down since March 16."
  • "The vast majority of guests wore their masks."

- courtesy of Axios

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