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ERIC Number: EJ783978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Mapping the Enrollment Process: Implications of Setting Deadlines for Student Success and College Management
Wang, Yan; Pilarzyk, Tom
Journal of College Admission, n197 p24-33 Fall 2007
The urban mission of two-year community colleges with open enrollment policies is to train, retain and graduate students from all walks of life, including the poor, displaced, under-employed, and unemployed. This mission can be undermined if management decisions are not informed by detailed enrollment data, especially on how the timing of student decisions affects their academic success. This paper explores enrollment flow at a large urban, community-based technical college to recommend and monitor enrollment decisions, while keeping the fiscal and student success implications for the institution in mind. Research findings were generated from analyses of program applications and registrations in the fall terms of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years, giving special attention to when students applied and registered. Analyses highlight the issues involved in changing student behavior, while modifying institutional procedures affecting application processing. The creative challenge was to find the optimal balance among honoring the college mission; easing admission processing; providing retention efforts; and maximizing fiscal support. (Contains 2 figures, 7 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A