Universities across the US are thinking about ways to engage students more effectively and efficiently.
This is the third in a series of posts focusing on some of the most pressing challenges facing university recruiting teams in today’s ever-changing landscape. Our CEO, Rohan Pasari, and other members of the Cialfo team traveled across the U.S. this spring, meeting with heads of enrollment and admissions professionals at prominent public colleges and globally renowned private universities alike. During these illuminating conversations, we were able to identify a list of common issues that were impacting recruitment plans across the board.
Obviously, the pandemic played a significant role in the upending of plans - especially when in-person events were not possible. The inability to travel and meet students, their counselors, and families during face-to-face recruiting visits left a void when it came to successfully engaging students. So a key question keeping admissions professionals up at night seems to be “How do we engage next-gen students more efficiently?”
When competing for the awareness of the TikTok generation, it’s not enough to just capture their attention at the beginning of their college application journey and call it a day. Digital platforms like Cialfo offer a number of ways to engage students and keep their attention throughout the application process using the content media that students prefer. Universities that are still using email as their primary communication method may be missing right-fit candidates, especially in China where students rarely use email at all.
To effectively engage students, universities need to move “beyond the brochure” and offer students dynamic content illustrating the unique reasons why their university stands out among the rest. While digital platforms make it easier for students to research college options, there are also hundreds of universities vying for their attention. Students on the Cialfo Student Advisory Board recently shared their thoughts on what types of content can help universities break through the noise and keep students engaged. Some of the content and delivery ideas they shared included:
Combining consistent, compelling content with informative online events helps universities build stronger and more authentic relationships with the students they are trying to reach.
At Cialfo, we are aiming to help our partner universities create original content and get in front of our network of more than 2,000 leading high schools around the world with the launch of our Cialfo Studio initiative.
Staffed with content generators, program coordinators, and designers who are experts in engaging our high school counselor and student network, the Studio will help Cialfo partner universities stand out in front of international audiences.
We are incredibly grateful to all of the universities who shared their experiences and concerns with us throughout our Listen and Learn tour of the U.S. To learn more about effective student engagement and other takeaways from our many discussions, download the report.
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In the first article in this “Listen and Learn” series we talk about one of the main issues being faced by higher ed institutions today across the United States - how to make the most of reduced resources.
The shifts wrought by the pandemic in the higher education landscape are obvious, but how exactly have they affected universities’ recruitment strategy?