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We get to do this - caring in college admissions with Brennan Barnard

"The best way to help students manage the stress [of applying to schools] is to reassure them that it doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be a meaningful and rewarding experience. If they’re connected to that question of why they’re going to college and what they’re looking for.” - Brennan Barnard - Director of College Counseling at The Derryfield School in New Hampshire

On this episode of ‘For Your Institution’ we speak with Brennan Barnard, author and college counseling and admissions expert. Brennan discusses his thoughts on how best to help students choose schools, how rankings are detrimental to the process, and why he loves working in admissions.

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Talk about money, and raise more with Lori L. Jacobwith

“That story we share has to cause me to feel some empathy. It could be frustration, irritation, joy, happiness. If I don’t feel something, I cannot make a decision.” - Lori L. Jacobwith - Ignited Fundraising 

No one cares about your goals. That may sound harsh, but it’s the right mindset to have when it comes to fundraising. The right story will make people care about your cause.

In this episode of For Your Institution, Lori L. Jacobwith from Ignited Fundraising talks about how to inspire people to help your fundraising efforts with storytelling and honesty, and how the word "money" should not be taboo.

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Better fundraising through storytelling with Brian Gawor

“There’s a huge risk in asking people for anything. But why wouldn’t we take risks? Why wouldn’t we, as fundraisers, be vulnerable? It’s not about us. It’s about the donors. We should be risky every darn day.” - Brian Gawor - VP for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz

When you listen to alums, you give them a better experience, which leads to a higher percentage of gifts. Mike Kochczynski from Mongoose speaks with Brian Gawor, Vice President of Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, about improving fundraising and alumni engagement through storytelling.

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Joe Nocera on paying college athletes

“What you see here is kind of a scramble by the states, partly for competitive reasons, but also because the majority of people are now realizing that what’s going on in college sports with the players not getting paid in what amounts to a billion dollar industry is just wrong.“ - Joe Nocera, Author and Business Journalist

The landscape of college sports is about to change. On this episode of FYI, Mike Kochczynski speaks with Joe Nocera - Author, Business Journalist - about the Fair Pay to Play Act just passed, and what allowing college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsements means going forward.

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Being inclusive without labeling students

“I think it’s about having individual relationships with your students, so when they do come in and need to be challenged, you know them well enough to know their growth edges, and how you need to couch that challenge so they can hear it, because that’s not the same for every student.“ - Dr. Yancey Gulley, Associate Professor in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University.

If helping students is the goal, then getting to know the individual is more important than categorizing the whole. On this episode of FYI, Mike Kochczynski speaks with Dr. Yancey Gulley from Western Carolina University about the pitfalls of labels, the need to distinguish when to group students, the importance of social justice, and many other fascinating higher education topics.

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The TCPA and Legalities of Texting

“Brands and businesses think they’re complying with the TCPA by having “Text STOP to end” or “Message and data rate apply”, but those types of disclosures have nothing to do with the TCPA.” - Adam Bowser

What’s the difference between auto-dialers and colleges that send mass texts to students? How does the Telephone Consumer Protection Act affect your school's communication plan? Attorney Adam Bowser, Partner with the D.C. law firm Arent Fox and an expert on consumer protection and privacy laws, joins FYI - For Your Institution - to discuss the TCPA and the legalities of texting students.

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Higher ed in the pressure cooker

Colleges and universities are facing many challenges, and they’re not just financial. Rick Seltzer, Senior Reporter for Inside Higher Ed, sits with Mike Kochczynski to discuss the social, economic and demographic issues bearing down on schools, and the importance of serving the needs of students going forward.

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Re-imagining advancement

When alums know they can make an impact, they’re more likely to get involved and contribute to their alma maters. Cutler Andrews, Senior Vice President of Fundraising Consulting at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, talks with Mongoose's Mike Kochczynski about how schools can re-imagine their approach to advancement to increase engagement and alumni gifts.

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Pushing back on generational labels

All millennials are not the same, and your institution could be making a mistake by lumping people of the same age group together. If you’re grouping your current and prospective students by generational stereotypes, you’re not serving their needs (or yours). Dr. Scott Cline, Vice President of Enrollment at California College of the Arts, talks about the importance of data and the problem with lazy generational labeling.

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Open textbooks and the future of content

What is the future of content in higher ed, and what lessons can be learned from the evolution of online file sharing? Hugh McGuire, co-founder of Rebus Foundation joins Mongoose to talk about content accessibility and the possibilities that exist with Open Textbooks.

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How to text students and parents without breaking privacy laws

You already manage student privacy when it comes to emails, phone calls and other channels. The good news is that texting is just another medium. Yes, there are a few special things to keep in mind, but it’s actually fairly simple to be in compliance. Here’s what you need to know.

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Communicating with parents of prospective students

There is no denying the importance of the parents’ role in college application process. Schools that find effective ways to communicate with parents will have an upper hand when it comes to college admissions. This guide will help you identify who you’re talking to and how to best earn parents’ trust.

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Best practices for texting students

If there’s one thing to take away from this blog, it’s this: Before you hit send, ask yourself, “Is this valuable information for students?”

While texting is a powerful way to engage prospective and current students, there are right and wrong ways to do it. Here are some tips for effective SMS texting.

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