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Enrollment Management Newsletter

The EM Newsletter showcases the latest research on financial aid, national student data, higher education hot topics and more.

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Admitted Students

"Destinations for Undergraduate Applicants - Data Dashboard"
July 2016

In this issue, we roll out an interactive dashboard for National Student Clearinghouse data. With this dashboard you can take a deep dive into the data, which tells us where admitted students went if they did not enroll at Purdue.

"Admitted Student Questionnaire - 2015"
December 2015

We conduct this survey each year and each year many students who did not accept their Purdue offer of admission tell us they were extremely or very close to enrolling at our university. So we took a look at this population specifically, to better understand why they didn’t.

"The Impact of the Common Application & Purdue Regional Representatives"
March 2015
In this issue, we explore the context of shifting demographics among the nation’s high school graduates, we look at trends in Purdue’s undergraduate enrollment funnel and identify the regions where local representation is helping the University continue to meet enrollment goals in an increasingly competitive landscape.

"Admitted Students Who Did Not Enroll"
March 2015
This month we take a look at data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Through the Clearinghouse, we can identify the enrolling institutions of Purdue admits who did not enroll at Purdue.

"Maps of Applicants & Enrollees"
December 2014
This month we focus on the geographic diversity of Purdue’s new student population. As the data confirm, Purdue’s brand and academic reputation remain strong around the world, across the country and throughout the state.

"Admitted Student Survey - 2014"
November 2014

Between May and June 2014, 2,109 enrolling and 2,429 non-enrolling students completed an annual survey of admitted Purdue students -a 20% response rate. Results from the survey inform strategies for Purdue recruiters.

"Admitted Students Who Do Not Enroll at Purdue"
February 2014
This newsletter examines where admitted Purdue - West Lafayette students enroll if they choose not to attend Purdue. Purdue partners with the National Student Clearinghouse to track the other higher education institutions these students enroll. 

"Geographic Mapping of Applicants, Enrollees and Student Yield"
December 2013
This newsletter maps Purdue’s reach across the United States and the world. It examines the number of fall 2013 applicants and enrolled students by state and country, and a detailed map of Indiana’s yield by county.

"Undergraduate Admissions Recruitment"
November 2013
The recruitment of undergraduate students to Purdue involves a variety of activities.  This newsletter examines the different efforts and yield rates associated with undergraduate recruitment.

"Recruitment Pipeline of High School Graduates"
May 2013
This newsletter examines the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's (WICHE) projections of U.S. high school graduates. It will discuss where declines and growths are expected to occur, and present the recruitment pipeline in Indiana.

 "Admitted Students' Perceptions of Purdue"
January 2013
This newsletter provides an overview of two surveys of admitted students from the fall 2012 class. The first was the admitted student questionnaire (administered by Eduventures, Inc.) that was sent to all admitted students to ask about their recruitment experience. The second was a phone survey of domestic underrepresented minority students who were admitted to Purdue and choose not to attend, asking about thier college decision process.

"Geographic Mapping of Applicant, Admit and Enrolled Students"
December 2012
This newsletter examines the distribution of fall 2012 applicants, admits and enrolled students by new beginners and overall undergraduate enrollment.

Course Grades & Credits

"Purdue's Path Toward Increased Four-Year Graduation Rates"
April 2015
In this issue, we dive into the convincing data that students who take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits per year are at a distinct advantage. Higher GPA’s. Four-year graduation rates. And big money gain. We also put four-year graduation rates under the microscope as well as learn how we compare with other four-year Indiana institutions and those across the country.

A Closer Look at D, F Grades and Withdrawal From Courses
May 2014
This newsletter examines high enrollment course DFW rates and the potential effect on student repeat behavior.

"AP Test Taker Success at Purdue"
March 2014
This newsletter examines the landscape of Advanced Placement (AP) exam takers at Purdue and their success in Purdue equivalent credit courses.

"New Beginners with Incoming Credit"
August 2013
An increasing number of new incoming students enter Purdue having earned college credit while in high school. From 2009-2011, these students made up 18% of the total incoming class. This newsletter examines Purdue cumulative GPA and retention by incoming credit type for new beginners.

"Supplemental Instruction"
July 2013
This newsletter examines the student support program, Supplemental Instruction (SI), administered by Student Success at Purdue. Re-established in 2011, SI provides academic support to high-level thinkers and self-empowered learners.

"The CODO Student at Purdue-West Lafayette"
August 2012

This newsletter examines students who CODO at Purdue-West Lafayette, how frequently it happens, who are the main importers and exporters, and the impact on time to degree.

"The Purdue Credit Hour"
April 2012

The first issue of the EM Newsletter takes a closer look at credit hours. Recent legislation will limit the maximum number of credits allowed per degree in Indiana. From this we take a closer look at “The Purdue Credit Hour.” You will see Purdue student data on the average number of credit hours a student has upon graduation, the average credit hours attempted and earned per semester, and the average GPA on attempted credits per term.


"Purdue Degrees and Commencement"
June 2015
In this issue, we take our annual look at degrees and certificates awarded at Purdue West Lafayette. From achieving an all-time high in degrees conferred to details about graduates and the May 2015 commencement ceremonies, this month's newsletter provides a comprehensive overview of the University's newest alumni.

"Trends in Time to Degree"
July 2014
This newsletter examines the time in years a Purdue baccalaureate degree earner takes to earn a degree from the West Lafayette campus. 

"Purdue Degrees and Commencement"
June 2014
This newsletter examines growth and change in Purdue West Lafayette degrees by degree type, age and geographic location within the United States. The newsletter also highlights data points for the May 2014 commencement ceremony.

"Purdue Degrees"
June 2013
This newsletter examines growth and change in Purdue degrees by level, type and academic college.

Enrolled Students

"Think Summer at Purdue"
September 2015

This issue, we focus on summer – an exciting pilot program ramping up for next year and a look back at our five-year enrollment trends, both on campus and online.

"Fall 2014 New Entering Class"
September 2014

This month’s newsletter highlights the new entry class for fall 2014. Purdue welcomes 6,373 new freshmen beginners to West Lafayette this fall.

"Summer Enrollment Trends"
August 2014

This newsletter examines the summer term trends in enrollment, credit hours, and distance education courses.

"Purdue Transfer Students"
January 2014
This newsletter examines the characteristics of students who transfer from any two or four-year post-secondary institution to Purdue-West Lafayette.

"Fall 2013 New Entering Class"
September 2013
This month's newsletter takes a closer look at the new entry class for fall of 2013. Purdue welcomed 6,283 new entering students this fall.

 "Purdue Students with Veteran Status"
November 2012
In collaboration with Student Success at Purdue (formerly known as SATS) and the Division of Financial Aid (DFA), this edition of the Enrollment Management Newsletter focuses on student veterans at Purdue. It examines the enrollment, grade point average, financial aid, and available resources for student veterans on campus.

"Fall 2012 Entering Class"
September 2012
This issue of the EM Newsletter showcases that the new beginners entering Purdue this fall represent most US states and many countries around the world. This fall's entering class is also Purdue's most academically prepared.

"Increasing Academic Profile of New First-Year Students"
May 2012
This issue of the EM Newsletter discusses the data behind the “Increasing Academic Profile of New First-Year Students.” The incoming new first-year profile continues to show upwards trends in academic preparedness over the last 4 years. From this we take a closer look at national trends compared to the Purdue trends in new beginner SAT and ACT scores, and advanced placement tests and subject test. You will also see how the changing academic profile is associated with trends in Purdue’s first term and first year GPA.

Financial Aid

"Political Landscape Shines Light on Higher Ed Cost, Debt"
March 2016
This issue takes a look at student and family borrowing and debt. Average debt among Purdue graduates who borrowed is decreasing, as is the overall percentage of students who are borrowing. The University's proactive efforts to minimize borrowing have contributed to this decrease.

"Scholarship Dollars At Work"
June 2015
In this issue, we focus on the strategic pairing of scholarships and grants in the enrollment of some of the country’s top students. Data clearly indicate that for students with financial need, who also earn Purdue merit scholarships, financial aid packaging with merit scholarships and grants (both “free money”) is an effective approach to leveraging resources to attract these students.

"Student Loans, Debts, Default Rates"
January 2015
Student loans, debt and default rates are the topics we cover in the January 2015 EM Newsletter. In this edition, we provide information about undergraduate student borrowing for residents and nonresidents, factors that affect student debt, the percentage who borrow and more.

"Financial Aid Recipients and Unmet Need"
April 2014
In partnership with the Division of Financial Aid, this newsletter examines financial aid recipients, packaging and unmet need by residency.

"Strategic Use of Financial Aid"
April 2013
This newsletter examines how Purdue has strategically used financial aid dollars to attract greater numbers of students who add to the academic quality and vitality of the Purdue community. Additionally, the newsletter reports on the retention and graduation rates of Presidential and Trustee scholarship awardees.

"Student Debt at Purdue and Beyond"
March 2013
In collaboration with the Division of Financial Aid, this newsletter examines Purdue student debt. It focuses on who is taking out student loans, how much debt is accumulated, and who is repaying loans.

"The Student Financial Aid Landscape at Purdue-West Lafayette"
July 2012

In this newsletter, the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) displays the historical disbursement of Purdue student aid, undergraduate student debt, student loan default rates, Indiana/Purdue resident demography and Pell Grant recipient graduation rate. 

Retention and Graduation Rates

"Retention and Graduation Trend Upward"
October 2014
The October issue examines the increasing retention and graduation rates for the West Lafayette campus as well as those of specific student populations.

"Upward Trends Continue for Retention and Graduation"
October 2013
Retention and graduation rates have increased over the last six-years. This newsletter examines retention and graduation rates, as well as the differences among the academic colleges.

"National Clearinghouse Tracking of Purdue Students"
February 2013
This newsletter examines how the National Student Clearinghouse allows Purdue to track where our current and former students enroll nationally. It focuses on where admitted students enroll if they choose not to attend Purdue, where students enroll if they leave Purdue after their first-year and registered students who are concurrently enrolled at Purdue and another institution simultaneously.

"Retention and At-Risk Students"
October 2012
This EM newsletter presents the most current retention and graduation rates, as well as results from a recent survey examining students at risk of leaving the institution and the factors they indicate impacted their decision to leave or remain at Purdue.

"Retention and Graduation Rates at Purdue-West Lafayette"
June 2012
This month's newsletter examines the fall-to-fall retention and graduation rates for Purdue students who enter the university as first-year full-time enrollees. These are important metrics for Purdue's student success since 86% of the undergraduate population enters the university as first-time full-time students.


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