When donor-funded scholarships align with strategic enrollment goals, we can increase the yield of highly talented students with particular interests and skills.
Over the past two months, I have written about the relevance of student scholarships to our mission to address students’ financial need, reduce their reliance on loans, and the recognition that Adelphi receives for its value.
Look at it another way; we are about to enter the busiest season on campus for admissions. More than 10,000 high school seniors and transfer students will apply to enroll for the September 2015 term. One of the measures of a college’s success is its “yield rate,” that is, the percentage of students who enroll after an offer of admission is made to a qualified student. One of the important ways to influence the yield rate is through the awarding of financial aid in such amounts that students do not have to either borrow or work excessively while enrolled. Having additional funds for scholarships and financial aid helps to increase the yield rate, which is related to increased student satisfaction and graduation rates, both of which improve Adelphi’s standing with high school guidance counselors as well as in the higher education community.
More specifically, when donor-funded scholarships align with strategic enrollment goals, like for example the McDonell Science Advancement Initiative, we can increase the yield of highly talented students with particular interests and skills. They in turn, elevate our classes, enhance the body of research conducted on campus and strengthen the Adelphi network at top graduate programs around the country.
Robert A. Scott
President of Adelphi University
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