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Insights for a Challenging Economy: Volume 2 – Bulletin #5

One additional interesting finding from Maguire Associates' College Decision Impact Survey is that, even in the challenging economy, students and families remain willing to borrow money to fund a high quality higher education.

Five Insights from our College Decision Impact Survey of High School Seniors

And Three Ways to Think about Them

Maguire Associates partnered again with FastWeb to survey high school seniors on their college decision making. The findings of the 2010 College Decision Impact Survey (CDIS) this spring reinforce the continued, pervasive role of the economy in shaping student application choices.

While the recession has ended, and conditions are certainly improving, the coming admission cycle presents in many ways the third full year in which students and parents are navigating economic uncertainty.

Five findings reinforce this view. Read the full article...

Additional Resources

  • The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and the Net Price Calculator – Turning the Act into Action: Our last issue of Insights for a Challenging Economy (April 16th) took a close look at the Net Price Calculator, what the mandate means for higher education, and how you can position your institution best to take advantage of how things may change. Click here to read the full article.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of Enrollment Management Practice Today: On May 25th, Maguire Associates President Kathy Dawley presented to chief enrollment officers of The Colonial Group, a consortium of prestigious research universities. In the spirit of Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this forthright presentation takes a hard look at the challenges in higher education enrollment today.

  • Where Economic Stimulus Has Taken Higher Ed, and Where We’re Headed: This post on NACAC's official blog, "Admitted," is written by David Hawkins, NACAC's Director of Public Policy and Research. In it, he explores how spending from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly known as "The Stimulus Bill") aligns with NACAC and educational priorities. Click here to read the full article.

  • Still Waiting: This recent Washington Post article highlights institutions in the paper's region that have noticeably expanded their admission waiting lists this year. This trend is one that extends nationwide, as institutions traveled this enrollment cycle with great hesitation about student yields. Read one writer's article on the latest expansion of wait lists.

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