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1 Developing Your Customer Service Model Ricardo Aguilera Matthew Kuschert Tony Minestra Moderated by Omar Solomon

2 Opening Thought Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

3 The Disney Model Give the public everything you can give them.

4 Lessons from the Mouse The front-line is the bottom line On-stage vs. back-stage What time is the 3 oclock parade? 2 Ears, 2 eyes,1 mouth - in that order Wow moments

5 A Quick Thought Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends Walt Disney

6 Your experiences…

7 What makes you different? School ASchool BSuburbanLiberal Arts 2,900+ undergrad2,700+ undergrad55+ majors Class Size: 18Class Size: 21 Avg. ACT: 24Avg. ACT: 25 Avg. GPA: 3.40Avg. GPA: 3.50 Costs: $42,000Costs: $40,000Lots of Trees

8 What makes you special? Customer Service is COMPLETELY in your control Your willingness and effort Your availability and timeliness Your knowledge and honesty Your commitment to your College and your Career Your approach and your personal touch

9 A Quick Thought A Quick Thought If we dont take care of our customers, someone else will. UNKNOWN

10 Why did we do it? Honest internal reflection is healthy We have limited fiscal resources Build our competitive advantage Enhance and define our image Its about students…period

11 What does it take? Everyone needs to go all in Support from Directors and Dean Meet often and with open dialogue Defined leadership Dedication to the process

12 Where to begin? Set the tone early Identify specific areas to address Develop task forces Break it down into bite-size pieces

13 Whos involved? Director of Admissions Director of Office Operations Associate Directors Assistant Directors Entire Counseling Staff Visit Coordinator Office Secretaries Transcript Analyst Processors, Mailroom Key Student Workers

14 Where did we focus? Task Forces The Campus Visit Experience Prospects to Contact Group The Application Cycle Post-Admission and Enrollment Our Day-to-Day Operations Customer Service Mission and Model

15 What did we use?

16 What did we do? Meet early, often, and regularly Open and honest conversations Inclusive > Exclusive language Creative and dynamic thought Value all points of view RESPECT the people and the process

17 Sharing out Consensus building Assign point person Schedule a full day Present findings and thoughts Open Discussion Move to an action plan

18 A Quick Thought There is a spiritual aspect to all our lives – when we give we receive – when a business does something good for somebody, that somebody feels good about the business. Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerrys

19 Prospect to Contact Cycle: Strengths Multiple paths for prospects Quick turnaround time Build info to fit prospect = unique Mailing history documented

20 Prospect to Contact Cycle: Weaknesses Complicated prospect cards Illegible prospect cards Athletics prospect system vs. ours Limited access to general prospect inbox Unsolicited process

21 Prospect to Contact Cycle: Threats Slow processing Limited student worker availability Bad contact info = returned mail Human data entry error Travel season = cards backing up Other schools doing more

22 Prospect to Contact Cycle: Opportunities Online inquiries to auto-populate in system Ipads at fairs/HSVs = live prospect card Move admit account to exchange server = more access Clarify and streamline mailing campaigns Organize cards by school ceebs(not fairs) to accompany inquiry mailings Create hot tag for prospects Cater mailings based on geographic region

23 What did we change? Examples of Direction and Action Items Prospect to Contact: Remote access and ipads Day to Day Ops: Stagger shifts to accommodate surprise Application Cycle: Instant contact to students Post-Admission: Electronic articulation for transfer credit

24 A Quick Thought Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford

25 Our Vision At every point of contact, we will provide an authentic Elmhurst Experience.

26 Our Mission Statement The Office of Admission at Elmhurst College is dedicated to serving students, families, and staff with the highest level of professionalism, respect, and integrity. We strive to provide a genuine and personal experience while connecting our students and families to the Elmhurst College community.

27 Our Core Values (3 Cs) Commitment We are committed to supporting our students and families to ensure that they feel informed and valued. Connection Connecting our students and families not only to the College community, but also to relevant and accurate information. Courtesy Together, and with kindness, we will help students and families to navigate through the college-going process to ensure a smooth transition.

28 The B.L.U.E.J.A.Y Way

29 A Final Thought A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work, he is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business, he is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him, he is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so. Unknown

30 Questions?


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