Weekly round-up 2.25.11
“In the fall of 2006, first Harvard University, then Princeton University, and then the University of Virginia announced that they would end programs in which applicants applied earlier than the regular deadline—and also found out months early whether they had been admitted. With those decisions by elite institutions, the many critics of early admissions policies thought that they had momentum to end practices that many saw as creating needless anxiety and favoring wealthy applicants. That momentum never materialized—and other colleges and universities did not abandon their early programs. On Thursday, both Harvard and Princeton announced that they were restoring early admissions options.”
They include: failing to balance institutional needs with alumni needs; ignoring the academic side of the institution; not partnering with other administrative units; not engaging students early enough; wasting valuable volunteer resources; not seeing oneself as part of the fundraising team; not seeking true innovation.
Simon Fraser University: Strategic visioning website integrates blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more
Bob Johnson’s link of the week: “How can you integrate modern communications technology to engage people on your campus in a strategic visioning process? Simon Fraser University does that by integrating ‘old’ and ‘new’ elements.”
“The original Yale announcement clearly explained what the university was offering for students from families at a range of income levels, but Yale's public statement about a new round of changes this year was much more ambiguous about the ramifications for upper income recipients.”