Identifying challenges, offering tips for admissions during the pandemic

March 26, 2020

There's no good time for a pandemic, said Jon Boeckenstedt, “but for admissions, this has got to be the worst time." Based on his own experience as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at a US institution, Boeckenstedt outlines key areas for consideration for admissions during the pandemic: lower-income students’ decisions to attend may be affected by business shutdowns; the issuing of high school transcripts will likely be impacted; and there may be a decline in international student enrolments. To address such issues, Boeckenstedt suggests schools consider extending admission deadlines, offering virtual information sessions and tours when possible, and begin to think about how institutions will evaluate transcripts that may look appreciably different from those in the past. Inside Higher Ed (International)