The COVID-19 pandemic has not only shaped how we teach our students, but also how we enroll students at colleges and universities.
In college admissions, spring usually marks the time of year when high school seniors are finalizing college plans, and a big part of this decision is determined by visiting campus. With the cancellation of our campus visits, it is important to implement creative strategies to attract next year’s students (and beyond!).
I have spent the majority of my time these last few weeks fostering relationships with our admitted students.
Through phone calls and virtual Zoom meetings, I hope that I can be a friendly touch-point for students helping them navigate their decision to enroll in a College of Education program this fall. In an effort to connect with our college’s prospective students who registered for a canceled event, I am sending a handwritten note and small swag items (see photos below!) to each of them at their homes. It is my hope that this small gesture conveys the caring and supportive community that exists within the College of Education at NIU.
I have also been busy preparing for two prospective student Phonecasts this April.
Led by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Phonecasts allow participants to listen in live via telephone to a panel of experts and also ask questions on the air – it is similar to a radio-show! Our faculty, staff and student panelists are excited to share their expert knowledge of our programs with prospective students and their families.
The COE has two planned Phonecasts:
- Thursday, April 16, for KNPE prospective students
- Thursday, April 23, for future teachers
Both calls will go live these dates at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to tune in by dialing 866-383-2756.
Take care and Go Huskies!
Click on the photos below for larger views of the swag and of Brittany’s home office colleague, Piper!