9 Key Enrollment and AI sessions at the 2024 RNL National Conference
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Scott Jeffe
20h ago
July is just around the corner, and with summer comes the RNL National Conference in Dallas (July 23-25). This year’s agenda is set and it is filled with sessions that will engage you, inform you, and prepare you to go back to your campus and affect change and advance enrollment. Because enrollment health is increasingly a careful balance between traditional undergraduates, graduate students, and online students at both levels, we present here a mix of featured sessions meant to show how interconnected all our student populations are and how much our enrollment success hinges on a comprehensiv ..read more
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New Online Student Data Points to 5 Interconnected Strategies for Online Growth
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Scott Jeffe
20h ago
RNL will soon release its second national study of the preferences and expectations of online students. What did we learn from our 1,500 prospective and current online students? Get all the insights at our study release webinar on May 1, as RNL experts explore how the data can inform policies, practices, and priorities to ensure they align with student expectations. We asked students about their motivations, concerns, search patterns, and decision-making processes, but also about their views on online study, the key features of programs they prefer to enroll in, and specifics about how to mak ..read more
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Solving Today’s Enrollment Challenges With AI – Part 2
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Scott Jeffe
20h ago
Stephen Drew, RNL’s new Chief AI Officer, and I recently sat down for a discussion I entitled “Why won’t we solve today’s challenges without AI.” When I posed this opening question, Stephen made an important clarifying point: AI is not the solution, or at least not the sole solution, to solving any particular challenge. Perhaps a better question is, “How can we use AI (generative models, predictive models, conversational systems, etc.) to help solve our challenges better?” This reframing of my seminal question provides insight to the thoughtfulness that Stephen brings to RNL and was covered in ..read more
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Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Punching Above Their Weight
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Ashley Spain
3d ago
Aaron Basko This is a guest blog from Aaron Basko, vice president for enrollment management at Lynchburg University. Aaron is a higher education professional with more than 25 years of experience in enrollment management. He has written previously for RNL about best financial practices for universities and has also written for The Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications. Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, and at this moment in the history of higher education, small colleges could use one. The news has not been good. A recent Forbes article noted that Fitch Ratings is pred ..read more
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Solving Today’s Enrollment Challenges With AI
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Scott Jeffe
1w ago
At RNL’s recent Graduate and Online Innovation Summit, I had the chance to sit down with Stephen Drew, RNL’s Chief AI Officer, for a wide-ranging conversation on how AI is going to change how we do and what we do in higher education. Steve and RNL’s AI development team are hard at work getting ready to launch RNL’s first AI-driven solutions in May of this year, but he was happy to sit down to cover topics ranging from the highest level like “What is AI?” to “Why won’t we solve today’s challenges without AI?” (a question that Steve astutely reframed for me) and on to “How does AI help instituti ..read more
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Gen Z as Donors: Ready or Not, Here They Come
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Courtney Pourciaux
2w ago
Pipeline. Inclusivity. Omnichannel. Give-to-Get. Collective Impact. HENRYs. When it comes to analysis of donors by generation, the nonprofit blogosphere is full of flashy buzzwords, with many consultants and organizations offering their take on a “quick fix” for reaching and retaining the youngest alumni donors. The supposedly elusive “Gen Z” donors have been labeled difficult to recruit (and even more difficult to retain), disconnected, untrusting, and incentive-seeking. Some of the proposed “magic solutions” for engaging this new generation of donors and fundraisers seeks to combat or avoid ..read more
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The Future of Higher Ed Fundraising: What Did We Learn From 20,000 Alumni?
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Sarah Kleeberger
2w ago
Read the report This blog was written by Howard Heevner, a fundraising leader for more than two decades, serving in key giving roles at institutions including the University of Iowa, Penn State, The University of Michigan, DePaul University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Howard currently serves as executive director of annual programs at the University of California, Berkeley, a leadership role he has held since 2019. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Howard and 15 institutions participating in the RNL 2024 National Alumni Survey project. RNL has just released the results o ..read more
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Solving Today’s Enrollment Challenges With AI
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Scott Jeffe
3w ago
At RNL’s recent Graduate and Online Innovation Summit, I had the chance to sit down with Stephen Drew, RNL’s Chief AI Officer, for a wide-ranging conversation on how AI is going to change how we do and what we do in higher education. Steve and RNL’s AI development team are hard at work getting ready to launch RNL’s first AI-driven solutions in May of this year, but he was happy to sit down to cover topics ranging from the highest level like “What is AI?” to “Why won’t we solve today’s challenges without AI?” (a question that Steve astutely reframed for me) and on to “How does AI help instituti ..read more
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Understanding the Journey: Exploring Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-Being*
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Kelsey Freidel Nelson
3w ago
Graduate students face many challenges with work-life balance. In the pursuit of knowledge, students enrolled in higher education often find their educational path intersects with the pressures of performance. Amidst the excitement of discovery and the pursuit of scholarly excellence, they tend to focus on keeping up on coursework, maintaining their relationships, and attending to their work, all while disregarding their own personal needs. Graduate students are the cohort often overlooked in the increasingly prevalent conversation on mental health and well-being. As a current student in pursu ..read more
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Achieving Success Without an OPM
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Blog | Higher Education Enrollment, Student Retention, and Student Success
by Charles Ramos
3w ago
Over the years, I have consulted with dozens of institutions that, in understanding the market dynamics of our time, began the process of expanding their online offerings. The key challenge for many schools has been not just a lack of bandwidth, but also not having the in-house expertise needed to create, manage, market for, recruit, and enroll students in online programs. Some decided to invest in their internal capabilities, but many more chose to offload all or some of this work to an online program management provider (OPM). Market forces disrupting OPMs As online education has moved from ..read more
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