The Log newsletter recently took the initiative to quiz enrollment-initiative leader Jen Jones of Admissions as to the outlook for fall semester 2015. She responded by citing several highlights: As of this past Monday (Feb. 16), applications from new freshmen were up 13 percent, and admits to date have increased 7 percent. Additionally, transfer-student applications are beginning to pick up as we enter the prime period for transfer decisions. Jones thanked the campus community and more than 100 individuals across the University who have already provided hands-on help since the recruitment push began Nov. 1. “Your ongoing support for enrollment is greatly appreciated,” Jones said. “We have a long road ahead, and I’m so grateful to be on this journey with amazing faculty, staff and students across campus.”
In her enrollment update, Jen Jones identified three different areas of focus for spring and summer recruitment efforts:
• Freshmen ‘yield’ — Most freshmen apply and get accepted at multiple schools. Spring of the high school senior year is when many of them choose where they’ll actually enroll. When an admitted candidate shows up for class at UW-Green Bay on Sept. 2, 2015, we have “yielded” them, so to speak, from the pool of admitted students. “Our job now is to stay No. 1 on their list or try to get to No. 1 on their list of options for higher education,” Jones said;
• Spring is the busy season for assisting and encouraging transfer students to apply and register;
• The University is beginning the process of recruiting high school juniors (2016 graduates) and informing them why UW-Green Bay would be an excellent choice. All juniors in Wisconsin will be taking the ACT on March 3, Jones notes, and “We want to start out as No. 1 on their list of potential colleges.”
Jen Jones of Admissions, leading the enrollment initiative, wants members of the University community to know there are numerous ways individuals can aid the recruitment drive in the coming months:
· Volunteer to make calls to students. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night in Admissions from 5 to 7 p.m. <a href="Email email@example.com to participate. No prior knowledge necessary… “we will give you everything you need to make calls”;
· Academic departments will be asked this week how they can connect with admitted students who are interested in their programs. There are many ways to help. One area has already committed to gather and make calls together; another area is thinking of designating a smaller number of faculty to email and/or call interested students;
· To those already planning to go into high school or college classrooms to guest lecture, teach, or give a presentation, Jones says, “Please let me know and I can provide you with promotional materials and/or talking points.”
· Similarly, Jones adds, if you’re willing and interested in going into high school classrooms to guest lecture on a subject related to high-school curriculum, she can help you with coordinating that opportunity;
· Engage student organizations that are allied with academic departments to help with any of the above outreach to prospective students;
· When you see tour groups in the hallway, feel free to welcome those families and introduce yourself. (Where are you from? Know what you might like to study?) Your interaction is welcomed!;
· Reach out to the Admissions Office if you want to learn more about recruitment/enrollment. “We are happy to come to your team meetings or meet individually with anyone interested in learning more and helping with recruitment,” Jones says, adding, “And, if you’re bringing groups of potential college students to campus for an event, let Admissions know.”
Jen Jones of Admissions, who is heading up UW-Green Bay’s 2015 enrollment initiative, says she and others have created a volunteer phone team to call students who have applied to UWGB and those whom we want to apply to UWGB. “This spring semester we are calling transfer students and freshmen,” Jones says, “and I welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering to let me know.” No prior knowledge is necessary — scripts, FAQ’s and an expert adviser will be on hand to help if callers have questions. “We have set call team hours in the Admissions Office every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The call team begins this week and continues through May 14. If someone is interested in helping out they should email me.”
Members of the local news media took interest in Tuesday’s (Sept. 2) announcement that students from Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools will be able to apply to UW-Green Bay for free under a new pilot program. As we told you here yesterday, donor generosity is to thank for free applications, which are being offered in conjunction with UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program. PP interim director Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich spoke with WHBY Radio about the good news, while Assistant Admissions Director Jen Jones talked to NBC 26. A synopsis of the WHBY story (along with a link to our original news release) is below; we’ll link to the NBC story once it airs.
UW-Green Bay News
We’ve got big news today from our friends in the Phuture Phoenix and Admissions areas. Thanks to generous donors and a new pilot program, seniors from three Green Bay School District high schools now can apply to UW-Green Bay at no cost (a savings of $44), and students from any of the high schools will be able to take advantage of application assistance sessions in October and November. The pilot program is the latest initiative from the University’s signature Phuture Phoenix program, which works to increase the odds that students from low-income schools will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. “This exciting initiative takes the Phuture Phoenix program to yet another level, providing high school seniors with the personal and financial support they need to apply to UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Trustee and Phuture Phoenix co-founder Ginny Riopelle. “Thanks to these generous donors, we can show even more students we’re invested — in them, and in their future.” Read news release.
A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay pilot program will allow seniors from three Green Bay Area Public School District high schools to apply to the University at no cost, and also will provide trained application assistance for students during October and November.
Private donors will cover application costs for seniors from Phuture Phoenix partner schools Green Bay East, West and Preble high schools now that the fall 2015 application period has opened, said Jennifer Jones, UW-Green Bay assistant director of Admissions. Students at Green Bay Southwest High School, though not eligible for the free applications, also will be able to take advantage of the special “Hit Submit” application assistance sessions. The UW-Green Bay application fee is $44.
The application pilot program is the latest initiative from UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which since 2002 has been increasing the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program’s fall tour days bring fifth-graders from Title I schools throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to campus, connecting them with UW-Green Bay student mentors who help boost their college aspirations. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, and once they are admitted to UW-Green Bay, these students are eligible for scholarships if they participated in the program’s tour day or tutoring/mentoring components. The Phuture Phoenix Primary Program at Green Bay’s Jefferson and Eisenhower elementary schools starts reinforcing the go-to-college message even sooner, with special programming and other elements beginning in kindergarten.
“This exciting initiative takes the Phuture Phoenix program to yet another level, providing high school seniors with the personal and financial support they need to apply to UW-Green Bay,” said UW-Green Bay Trustee and Phuture Phoenix co-founder Ginny Riopelle. “Thanks to these generous donors, we can show even more students we’re invested — in them, and in their future.”
The program will make a difference for students, added Green Bay district Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
“In partnership with UWGB, GBAPS students have participated in a number of Phuture Phoenix programs, affording them the opportunity to learn more about higher education. However, financial barriers have kept some students from achieving their dream of attending a postsecondary school,” Langenfeld said. “By removing these barriers, students who are college, career and community ready can attain their goal of higher education. We are grateful to the UWGB donors whose generosity will make a difference in the lives of GBAPS students.”
The Phuture Phoenix program and UW-Green Bay Admissions, with input from the Green Bay School District, will train a team of 12 UW-Green Bay students who will make up the “Hit Submit” application assistance team. This assistance will be offered during October and November for seniors from any high school who wish to attend any 2-or 4-year college or University. Session times, locations and other information will be provided at a later date.
“Phuture Phoenix continues to look for innovative ways to help more students become college bound,” said Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich, Phuture Phoenix interim director. “This new application team initiative will give assistance to high school seniors by allowing them to work one-on-one with college students on their admissions paperwork. The goal is to help more students apply and get in to the college of their choice.”
Visit www.uwgb.edu/admissions/ or call (920) 465-2111 for more information about visiting or applying to UW-Green Bay. More information about the Phuture Phoenix program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/.
UW-Green Bay welcomed a record summer Campus Preview Day crowd Friday (Aug. 8), when 250 individuals — prospective students and their guests — got an up-close look at what UW-Green Bay has to offer. The day included tours, workshops, ice cream and more as 102 admitted students and their families checked out our beautiful bayshore digs. “This Campus Preview Day was a huge team effort, and it went great,” said Admissions’ Jennifer Jones. “Social media is showing students who fell in love with UWGB.” Indeed, as one student tweeted: “Today was amazing. I didn’t think a school could be so perfect, but I was wrong. I’m in love. #UWGBtour.” For more social media love, check out #UWGBtour on Tagboard, here: https://tagboard.com/uwgbtour. And for some great new pics, peruse our photo gallery.
UW-Green Bay welcomed a record Campus Preview Day crowd Friday, Aug. 8, when 250 people — prospective students plus their guests — got a taste of what the University has to offer.
The total set a record for summer preview days, which offer admitted students, family members and others the chance to tour campus and take advantage of workshops for areas including Admissions, Financial Aid, housing, travel, Athletics and more. Students and guests also can connect with faculty members representing a variety of majors and minors.
“This Campus Preview Day was a huge team effort, and it went great,” said Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director of Admissions for Marketing, Media and Recruitment. “Social media is showing students who fell in love with UWGB.”
The University encourages students to use the social media hashtag #uwgbtour to share their Preview Day experiences. “Today was amazing,” one student tweeted. “I didn’t think a school could be so perfect, but I was wrong. I’m in love. #UWGBtour.” Tweeted another: “Went to #UWGB for a tour annnnd let’s just say, that may just be my future college I just went to.” A third posted a photo from the eighth floor of the Cofrin Library, looking out over the Weidner Center and the bay of Green Bay: “Pretty sure I’m in love!!!!!! #UWGB” read the caption.
The Aug. 8 Campus Preview Day coincided with the soft rollout of Phoenix Friday, a campuswide event that encourages students, faculty and staff to wear their UW-Green Bay gear in a fun show of solidarity and University pride. The inaugural event included a special lunchtime Get the Scoop ice cream social, which was enjoyed by the campus community and preview day attendees alike.
Congratulations to Admissions and the many staff and faculty who assisted with Campus Preview Day today (Friday, Aug. 8). More than 250 guests, a record for a summer day, took part in tours and activities. The total included about 100 prospective students. We’ll have photos and more in our next issue.