Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Admissions Game


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AUGUST 25, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Admissions Game

Our Campus • Colorado College
photo courtesy of Colorado College

by Scott Jaschik, InsideHigherEd.com

"For private colleges, this year has been among the most difficult ever in admissions. For those that aren't nationally known (we're leaving out the Ivies, Stanford University and similar institutions), admissions is always a challenge. In most states, public universities dominate press attention. For many, they define higher education, with their large size, big-time athletics and more. This year has been no exception. Think about how many stories you saw (including on this site) about the University of North Carolina's reversal of its decision to open its Chapel Hill campus. While the big-time sports conferences do have private university members, most are public.

What about smaller private colleges?

A scan of private colleges suggests that they are welcoming some or all students to campuses, and they are hopeful that they will be able to avoid the embarrassing incidents (parties without social distancing or face masks) that have taken place at so many larger, public institutions. They have worked hard all summer long to meet their enrollment goals -- or to get as close to full as possible."


  • Shenandoah: 532 committed freshman vs. 515 a year ago
  • Colorado College: 571 enrollees vs. 570 targeted
  • Hamilton: 34.3 percent yield vs. 34.7 last year
  • Lewis & Clark: 521 enrolled vs. 526 targeted
  • Muhlenberg: 525 enrolled vs. 550 targeted
  • Salve Regina: 570 goal turned into 542-547 after melt
  • Otterbein: 623 goal vs. 533 deposits and 510 freshmen
  • Knox: 320 goal vs. 316 expected

>> Quotable: "This will be a year for the ages (I hope!), and I’d like to not have to repeat it ever again. But something tells me the next one is going to be another fasten-your-seatbelt roller coaster ride." - Monica C. Inzervice president for enrollment management, Hamilton

>> Go Deeper


2.  Football Causing Legal Troubles for NCAA

All Things Considered, NPR

"NPR's Michel Martin speaks with law professor Ellen Zavian about universities pushing for football to return when students aren't on campus and what that means for the NCAA's definition of amateurism. She is a former NFL agent and now a sports law professor at George Washington University who says this could bring a legal headache for the NCAA, which has long argued that student athletes are students first and not employees.

  • I went back to the NCAA mission just to double-check, and it does say to govern competition in a safe manner and that education is paramount to all others. And once I looked at that mission statement, I realized - how could they be fulfilling that?
  • So it's unsafe in the sense that you've decided the student is not going to come to campus and then you've decided this student athlete is going to come to campus. So how do you determine safety, differently, for those two groups of people? You can't.
  • I wrote an article about changing the structure of the NCAA, removing their nonprofit status because they're failing to meet their mission statement and maybe move them into something called a benefit corp, which gives the opportunity for a company to set aside 20% of their money to an escrow account for the athletes. 

>> Listen to the interview (3:48)

3.  What Happens if Zoom Goes Down?

by Madeline St. Amour, InsideHigherEd.com

"Zoom went down Monday morning -- the first day of classes at many colleges across the country.

News of the outage of the popular web conference platform made the rounds on Twitter, among both frustrated students and faculty members. The platform is one of the most widely used for synchronous online courses, which is the main mode of instruction for many institutions this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The frenzy over the disruption lasted only about five hours. The outage was first reported on Zoom's website at 8:51 a.m. Eastern time. By 1:10 p.m., the issue was resolved.

Still, some faculty canceled classes because of the outage or switched to different platforms.

>> Why It Matters: "The issue, which seemed to be concentrated on the East Coast and in parts of the Midwest, was small in comparison to other events in the spring. But it did raise questions about what contingency plans colleges have to address such technical difficulties in the age of "Zoom University.""

>> The Bottom Line: "If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's how to be flexible," said Ray Betzner, assistant vice president of university communications at Temple. "That's something that's become a hallmark."

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Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

Find out more at ChiAlphaSigma.com

4.  Conference Call

Today we begin continue our look at Division III conferences, going from youngest to oldest. 

Commissioner: Jay Gardiner
Headquarters: Atlanta, GA
  • Founded: 2012
  • Charter Members (8): Berry, Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Rhodes, Sewanee
  • Associates (4): Austin (FB), Concordia Wisconsin (FH), Transylvania (FH), Trinity TX (FB)
  • Oldest: Centre (1819)
  • Largest: Rhodes (1,981)
  • Smallest: Millsaps (790)
  • Longest Trip: 608 miles (Centre to Millsaps)
  • Championship Sports: 20
  • Top Moment: Rhodes won its third national women's golf title in four years in 2017, rebounding from a nine-stroke deficit with nine holes to play.

>> Tomorrow: New England Collegiate Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 Friend Thing


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