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Admission Leadership Council

The SSAT Board of Directors founded the Admission Leadership Council (ALC) in 2009 to reestablish a more consistent organizational and professional voice for members.

 The role of the Admission Leadership Council is to: 

 Be a sounding board for SSATB for the development of admission services

  • Serve as conveners and facilitators of annual, regional meetings of members

  • Provide leadership in the area of professional development for admission professionals

  • Act as advocates for the critical role of admission in schools

For more information about the ALC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Director of Professional Development

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Think Tank on the Future of Assessment

SSATB believes that independent school admission is likely to see disruptive change in the next decade. In previous reports, we’ve speculated that “the 21st century will be marked by game changing technology, a blurring of traditional borders and a complete reinvention of traditional education.” How, then, will independent school enrollment managers respond and remain successful in their work?

Here are just some of the questions the Think Tank will discuss as they work to educate themselves and our community about new trends affecting independent school admission:

• How do we better understand our students’ many kinds of minds, and look for new ways standardized testing can reveal more about them?

• How should we support the professionalism and consistency of the admission process and consider carefully what will serve independent schools 10-20 years from now so we can better lead the profession forward?

• How do we pull together the best available thinking on broadening admission assessments and share that thinking widely?

• How might we test for important character attributes in the admission process?

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Strategic Partners

In addition to the member school databases available on regional and national association web sites, the National Center for Education Statistics as part of its Private School Universe Survey maintains a searchable database of private school survey respondents.

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National Associations

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Regional Associations

To add your association to this list, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Corporate Members

Corporate Affiliate Member BadgeThe companies below are partners in support of our mission:  to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

Interested in becoming a corporate member? Contact Director of Membership Lauren Von Euw for information.


 

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Content Provider Partners

The companies below partner with The Enrollment Management Association to assist us in providing exceptional products and services to students and families.

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SSAT Content Users

The Enrollment Management Association provides test practice items in agreement with these organizations with the goals of increasing student familiarity and comfort with the SSAT and maximizing student success.

About Test Preparation

Many families view test preparation companies as an excellent way to get ready to take the SSAT. Test preparation companies can help students understand the SSAT’s format and timing, the types of questions they will see on the test, and the instructions that will be presented to them.

In an effort to support families, we launched an exciting new licensing program to ensure that students receive correct information about the SSAT and access to SSAT-authored practice test questions.

Authorized test preparation companies can now use practice questions created by the SSAT development team in their preparation programs. We expect an expansion to include additional providers, giving families a range of test preparation options that they can count on for the best and most accurate information about the SSAT.

Interested in becoming an SSAT Content User? Contact Ben Habermann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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International Partners

The organizations below are global partners in support of our mission: to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of international schools, students, and families.

Interested in becoming an international partner? Contact Director of Membership This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.


 

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Standards of Professional Conduct

Adherence to these standards is expected and serves to assure public confidence in the integrity of all SSATB educators in the admission profession.

Admission Promotion and Recruitment

SSATB admission officers should:

  • Receive remuneration on a fixed salary rather than commission or bonus based on the number of students recruited;
  • Ensure that presentations and publications used for promotion and recruitment activities be a comprehensive, accurate and realistic portrayal of the institution and its policies (e.g. admission procedures, financial aid policies, special programs, current photographs of campus);
  • Promote the merit of their institution and of education in general, without disparaging other schools;
  • Refrain from using placement services that require a fee from the institution for each student enrolled;
  • Educate all persons who may become involved in admission promotional and recruitment activities (e.g. alumni, coaches, trustees, students, faculty, parents) regarding these Standards of Conduct.


Application Process

SSATB member schools should:

  • Assume full responsibility for admission procedures and decisions and the communication of same to candidates, families and, where appropriate, sending schools;
  • Observe and respect confidentiality between candidates and schools;
  • Communicate in a timely fashion all decisions regarding the candidate’s status for admission;
  • Require no candidate to indicate the order of school preference;
  • Allow the candidate reasonable time to choose without penalty among offers of admission from all schools being considered;
  • Publish wait list policies and procedures and any changes therein.

Students Applying to Other Schools

SSATB member school personnel should:

  • Provide an accurate, legible, and complete transcript along with standardized testing and a clear description of the school’s marking system, special curricular opportunities (e.g. honors, advanced placement courses, seminars, etc.) and, where appropriate, its method of determining rank in class;
  • Provide, in the student’s best interest, an accurate description of the candidate’s personal qualities that are relevant to the admission process;
  • Report any significant change in a candidate’s status prior to graduation;
  • Request that the candidate assume his/her responsibilities:
  • In the admission process, to comply with requests for additional information in a timely manner;
  • Upon acceptance, to respond to institutional deadlines.

Financial Assistance

SSATB member schools should:

  • Publish a clear statement of other financial assistance policies, including renewal policies;
  • Refrain from public announcements indicating the amounts of financial assistance given to individual students which reflect family need;
  • Require adequate documentation of family resources, when such assistance is based upon need;
  • Make awards consistent with the demonstrated need of the family;
  • Assess the family’s ability to pay, in a consistent and equitable manner, when determining the financial contribution of the family;
  • Outline a clear statement of tuition fees and related expenses for each student;
  • Inform families of any financial assistance prior to asking a family to make an enrollment decision.
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ALC Members

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Think Tank Members

SSATB's Think Tank on the Future of Assessment was established to create an ongoing conversation about 21st century admission and the needs of enrollment managers during their selection process.


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Membership

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Services

From the gold standard SSAT family of admission assessments to the Standard Application Online, SSATB offers members a variety of useful tools.

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SSAT Customized Score Services

These services are designed to help you get the most out of every score report you receive and provide you with customized information appropriate to your school's unique needs.

 

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About

SSATB is the premier membership organization for independent school admission professionals.

Our Mission Statement:

SSATB provides unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

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Our Team

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Leadership

Our leadership team is composed of talented and visionary professionals focused on a common goal – to serve our community by leading with forethought, excellence, and expert guidance.


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Board of Trustees

Hailing from disciplines throughout the enrollment management community, our board of trustees lends its considerable experience and expertise to the governance of The Enrollment Management Association. This diverse group of industry leaders includes enrollment managers, heads, business officers, leaders in access organizations, consultants, association professionals, and more. Their wide range of backgrounds and talents ensures that the best interests of our constituents (enrollment professionals, schools, and families) are served with professionalism and integrity.


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Business Development

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Member Relations

The Enrollment Management Association is dedicated to providing our members with exceptional services and benefits. Our Member Relations Team ensures that an open line of communication is available and that our members' needs are being heard and met.


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Testing & Research

Schools need reliable assessment tools to make confident decisions about applicants. That’s why The Enrollment Management Association works continuously to identify evolving best practices and develop new ways of equitably assessing student potential. Our team includes both the scientists who design our industry’s gold-standard assessments and the team that ensures testing runs smoothly and provides essential support.


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Technology & Product

Our expert technology and product team is composed of professionals with a wide range of industry training and experience.


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HR & Operations

Our human resources and operations team ensures that we provide exceptional services to our communities through the careful management and constant appraisal of processes, procedures, and personnel. They are dedicated to ensuring a smooth flow of information and assistance to our varied constituencies.


 

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Strategic Plan

SSATB’s Vision 2020 is rooted in six goals. We will work hard to strengthen our voice in advocating for the enrollment management profession, and build our internal capacity in order to help you. Throughout this plan, your involvement will be crucial.

We don’t just want to realize our goals—we want them to have an impact.

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Training & Events

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Teams

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News

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Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

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Landing Pages

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Technical Advisory Panel

The Enrollment Management Association’s Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) oversees test development and psychometric work and provides advice on new product development and research.  Their breadth of expertise and experience is a significant asset to The Enrollment Management Association.

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em-resources

Everything you need to ensure you are using all member benefits to the fullest!

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Downloads

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The Enrollment Spectrum Podcast

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Welcome to The Enrollment Management Association's podcast series, "The Enrollment Spectrum." In each episode, hosts Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl explore the central tenets of enrollment management strategy, focusing on the components embodying the spectrum.

This podcast is designed to add value for every independent school enrollment management constituent, including enrollment managers, admission professionals, heads of school, trustees, business administrators, and marketing/communications practitioners.

We publish a new podcast every other Tuesday. Join us as we unpack and explore what the strategy of enrollment management means for K-12 independent schools and their communities.

Your Hosts

Peter BaronPeter Baron
Peter is EMA's chief member relations officer, responsible for the creation and oversight of our external programs as well as our membership promise. He oversees marketing and communications, member recruitment and retention, and outreach functions, as well as leadership training programs, research, and other related strategic initiatives. With a career spent in product development, sales, relationship development, and marketing, Peter's success has been built on listening to schools' and families' needs. 

Hans Mundahl

Hans Mundahl
Hans Mundahl has been an educator since 1995,when he first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then, Hans has taught in a variety of settings, including as an Outward Bound instructor, classroom teacher, house parent, and academic tutor. Hans served as an admission officer, strategic planning liaison, and experiential learning program head before focusing on academic technology integration. He is the head of school at Sant Bani School (NH). 

Have an idea for a great interview subject? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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