Reading Season Resources

Reading Season Resources

As enrollment offices prepare and launch into the admission year’s busiest season, we have curated a list of The Enrollment Management Association resources to assist you and your committee.

The Enrollment Management Association Resources

The Member Access Portal: includes resources such as

  • Tutorials
  • Score Report Interpretation video
  • The Interpretive Guide to the SSAT
  • Test and Scoring Briefs

MAP Help Page: Tutorials
Your Outreach Team Member
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The Admission Committee

Ready, Set, Read! Preparing Your Admission Committee ALC blog by Anne Behnke (St. Mark's School, MA): Reading season is a marathon, not a sprint. To get your committee ready, it is important to set clear expectations to instill team spirit, reinforce camaraderie, and encourage committee members to take care of and pace themselves.

Let the Reading Begin! ALC blog by Kisha Watts (St. Francis School (KY): As admission deadlines approach, we are pleasantly reminded that so many families are seeking the many opportunities independent schools offer. As you embark on reading season there are many ways to stay on track

Readying Your Admission Committee
How to get your school ready for reading season. Find out what you can do now to help your busy colleagues (admission office staff, administrators, faculty readers, coaches, and deans) select the best fit students for your school.

Admission Team Training
The outreach team has logged many hours on the road, visiting with the admission and placement offices of our member schools. Our goal is to ensure that staff members are aware of the critical changes that have been made to the SSAT and its interpretation in admission decision making.


Success Predictors in Atypical Applicants
This presentation reviews several case studies of atypical applicants that present "risks" for the school in order to estimate the degree of risk among these applicants. Actual outcomes, predictors, and obstacles for students are considered in order to identify, with some accuracy, those students that have the potential to succeed.

Quantify Your Applicant Pool
Explore the many advantages of using a rating system to help you determine the applicants most likely to be successful at your school.  Learn how admission officers create a system based on what their school values most (transcript, SSAT score, interview, essay, extracurricular activity, athletics, etc.) and learn how these ratings drive more effective admission committee conversations.

10 Things Every Admission Committee Member Needs to Know About the SSAT (1)
Ten Things Every Admission Committee Member Needs to Know About the SSAT (2)
Test scores are only as good as your ability to use them.
 Your admission committee may know how to read a score report (They don't? Visit your Member Access Portal for a video tutorial and additional resources), but here are 10 more things they need to be aware of to use the SSAT to its full advantage. 

Understanding Your Chinese Applicants
Join Vericant's Chris Boehner as he explores the Chinese education system along with perspectives of Chinese applicants, parents and agents. He will examine current assessment methods and learn how to better adapt these methods when assessing Chinese applicants.

Evaluating the Chinese Applicant
You can’t go a day without hearing about the influx of Chinese students to U.S. schools. But while some people spend all their time talking about pros and cons, it’s admission officers who have to deal with the issues surrounding Chinese applicants; principally, how does one assess whether a candidate is qualified? Let’s take a step back and examine this question from a broader perspective.

Teacher Recommendations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
We ask for teacher recommendations, but may not realize how deeply their use requires a level of trust between sender and recipient.  This article details the ins and outs of receiving and reading recommendations.

Online App Reading – Lessons Learned
Having more applications is a good problem, but reading 50 percent more folders and having 50 percent more discussions during committee meetings wasn’t going to work. How could technology help our committee process be as efficient as the application process?

Apples to Apples: Comparing Applicants to Current Students
A question frequently heard by The Enrollment Management Association’s outreach team is: “Can you help me figure out the average SSAT scores for our school?” What many schools don’t realize is this information can appear on score reports – if your school provides key information.

Data and Financial Aid

The Aid Bucket Challenge
In practice, the “traditional” financial aid family is actually becoming less and less likely to get the help they need as the higher income families tip the scales in increasing ways. Given this, it is critical for admission and financial aid offices to use data to determine the school’s aid profile and devise more efficient ways to evaluate this increasingly complex group of families in the financial aid applicant pool.

Forecasting Yield: Science, Art, or Dumb Luck?
Perhaps never before in the history of the admissions profession has the task of projecting yield and managing the enrollment of new students been more complex or more challenging. How do you ensure that you fill your school with the correct number of students – not too many, and certainly not too few?

Yield Prediction – The Science and Art of this Moving Target ALC Blog by Christopher White (Crescent School, ON): We all work in different schools where the definition of a mission-appropriate student differs, and we all have our own unique and ever-evolving pressures in the admission process. One reality that I think is universal, however, is the desire to, as accurately as possible, predict the number of families that will accept and/or decline an offer of admission.

Assessing Tuition Capacity of Full Pay Families
This presentation illustrates ways business or financial aid offices can better judge the income range of their full pay families.

Financial Aid: Practical Application
Case studies will illustrate interpretation of taxes, verification of information, and how to make the corresponding changes within Comp*Assist Online. Particular emphasis and discussion will be placed on how professional judgment can impact the calculation of demonstrated need.

Financial Aid 201: A Science and an Art
Develop a more thorough understanding of financial aid methodology by reviewing step-by-step how a family's estimated contribution is determined.

Navigating the Changing Financial Aid Landscape ALC Blog by Heather Eckert, Indian Mountain School (CT): it is crucial that financial aid professionals, working in tandem with admission and business offices, assume a more strategic role beyond simply crunching numbers and relying on models such as tuition discounting to fill empty day spots or boarding beds.

Data Helps Predict Student Success, Outcomes
Using the SSAT Optimal Use Study to assist in decision making.

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