2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Directors of Admissions
Inside Higher Ed publishes an annual survey of directors of admissions each year in September. Key findings from the survey include:
- More than half (52 percent) of public colleges have a pathways program, designed to prepare international students to pursue a degree in the U.S., compared with 15 percent of private non-profit colleges.
- Seven-eighths (87 percent) of private non-profit colleges believe they are losing applicants because of concerns about student loan debt, compared with half (51 percent) of public colleges.
- Only 7 percent of public colleges consider more than $30,000 in student loan debt to be reasonable, compared with 35 percent of private non-profit colleges.
- Most (88 percent) of community colleges believe there are students who could benefit from a community college education but do not enroll because of a lack of funds.
- Two-thirds of colleges (57 percent of public colleges and 73 percent of private non-profit colleges) have increased their admission of out-of-state and international students. Some public colleges (17 percent) and no private non-profit colleges have faced political or public scrutiny over the increased admission of out-of-state students.
- Only 10 percent to 15 percent of public and private non-profit colleges agree that prospective students understand the value of a liberal arts education.
- Most colleges (87 percent) do not feel that the new SAT represents a significant improvement over the old version. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) expect more colleges to go test-optional in the future.
- Only about a fifth (19 percent) of colleges feel that applicants and families find the college admissions process easy to understand.
- More than a third (39 percent) of colleges expect to make admissions decisions earlier because of prior-prior year.
- Two-thirds (66 percent) of colleges expect to make financial aid awards earlier because of prior-prior year.
- Less than a quarter (18 percent) of colleges expect an increase in applications from low-income students because of prior-prior year.
- More than a third (43 percent) of colleges expect to change one or more key dates because of prior-prior year. Key dates include “anything from when applications are available to the final submission deadline.”