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Risk & Compliance: Legal Considerations in Admissions

Risk Management | Schools must be careful to collect neither too much nor too little information about students and families before they enroll. Article by Grace H. Lee and Ashley Sykes, Venable LLP From the March/April issue of Net Assets magazine ​​​​The admissions process...


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Meeting Our Market

CEO Notebook | How can we innovate processes to make attending independent schools easier for prospective families? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Over the past several years, schools have been working on various tuition and financial aid models to adapt to...


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Rebranding Financial Aid: A Primer

Enrollment & Financial Aid | If your school is looking to increase its socioeconomic diversity, consider these three tuition models. Article by David D. Schriver, Jr., CPA, Ellin & Tucker Consumers have been trained to believe that higher cost items are synonymous with...


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5 Minutes with Amada Torres: Changing Faces

Enrollment & Financial Aid | What changing demographics mean for independent schools, and how schools can strategize to meet new challenges. Interview by Cecily Garber From the November/December 2019 Net Assets magazine Amada Torres is vice president, studies,...


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Open Houses: Three Opportunities for Business Officers

CEO Notebook | Connecting with prospective families can shed light on your school’s budget while helping families feel confident about their investment in independent education. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO If I asked an experienced business officer with a...


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Foundations of Flexible Tuition

Enrollment & Financial Aid | A school at the forefront of “flexible tuition” explains how it’s done and why it works for the school’s mission and market. Article by Christopher Portman Founded in 1895, Lick-Wilmerding High School (LWHS) was tuition-free for the first 77 years of...


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Report: Admissions Pressures Dilute Ethical Education

(from Harvard Graduate School of Education ) A new Harvard report, "Turning the Tide II: How Parents and High Schools Can Cultivate Ethical Character and Reduce Distress in the College Admissions Process," offers guidelines for high schools and parents in promoting ethical character. It also...


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School Choice: Who’s Choosing Who?

(from Brookings) School choice, broadly defined, proposes that parents can choose to send their children to school wherever they think best, and in theory, can help improve access to quality schools and the educational prospects for the most disadvantaged children. However, a recent study of...


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Declining Birthrates Shrink Enrollment Pipelines

(from Education Next) A long-term decline in U.S. birthrates could lead to more challenges filling seats in the years ahead. The Hechinger Report's Jill Barshay, using data from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, projects that the number of students in U.S. schools will drop...


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Some Elite Universities to Change Athletics Recruiting Processes

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) Following the college admissions bribery scandal that broke in March, some elite u niversities have pledged to make changes in athletics recruiting that will help administrators know exactly what happens to students who, according to coaches, are...