Admissions Committee
Annual Report 2012-2013



Committee members:  Eric Ahlstrand (student), Bill Blaker, Weston Dripps, Christopher Hutton, Aaron Markham (student), Owen McFadden (Director of Campus Recreation), Pat Pecoy, Brad Pochard (Associate Vice President for Admissions), Liz Smith, Michael Svec (Chair).

The Admissions committee met formally during the school year six times. At the October 1st meeting the committee approved a revision to the 60-point admissions rating scale. The change in point values are shown in the table below.

 

Categories

Fall 2010

Fall 2012

Approved Revision

Grades

15

8

12

SAT/ACT/TOEFL

12

8

9

Courses

15

9

12

Essay

9

5

5

Activities

9

15

11

Contributions to Community

-

15

11

 

60

60

60

 

The committee endorsed the Heller Community Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship is to “attract the best and brightest students from Greenville County’s fourteen public high schools and three charter schools to Furman University. Continue to invest in Greenville County and support the public and charter school system.” All 14 of the public schools, two private high schools and three charter schools are included. The community scholarship was announced to the public and the first awardees will be attending in the Fall of 2013.

A proposed operations policy was prepared and approved by the committee at the October 29th meeting. It was then sent onto the Policy and Procedures committee. The committee continues to discuss a proxy for the students who select not to submit a standardized test score. Challenges include finding an alternative assessment that provides an indicator of success at Furman, what those indicators might encompass (such as curiosity, drive, persistence), and how to cover the cost and staffing needs created by a new requirement.

Throughout the academic year, the committee was kept updated by the Admissions Office. Brad Pochard shared with the committee the yield strategies involving faculty and sought the committee’s input on becoming a POSSE partner . Invited guests included President Smolla, Forrest Stuart (Associate Vice President Office of Financial Aid), Martha Kimmel (Coordinator for International Recruitment), Donald Pierce (Director Office of Institutional Assessment and Research), Jerry Kerscher (Associate Director of Admissions), and Lindsey Walker (Sr. Assoc. Director of Admissions). The chair of Admissions also served on the university’s Retention Committee and the Joint Working Group sharing relevant data from those efforts.

The chair would like to thank and commend the members listed above for their work and service throughout the year.

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