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
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
A Quick Thought A Quick Thought If we dont take care of our customers, someone else will. UNKNOWN
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
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
Where to begin? Set the tone early Identify specific areas to address Develop task forces Break it down into bite-size pieces
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
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
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
Sharing out Consensus building Assign point person Schedule a full day Present findings and thoughts Open Discussion Move to an action plan
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
Prospect to Contact Cycle: Strengths Multiple paths for prospects Quick turnaround time Build info to fit prospect = unique Mailing history documented
Prospect to Contact Cycle: Weaknesses Complicated prospect cards Illegible prospect cards Athletics prospect system vs. ours Limited access to general prospect inbox Unsolicited email process
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
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) Email to accompany inquiry mailings Create hot tag for prospects Cater mailings based on geographic region
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
A Quick Thought Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford
Our Vision At every point of contact, we will provide an authentic Elmhurst Experience.
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.
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.
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