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The Integration Of Advising With Student Recruitment

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1020.1 - 6.1020.10

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Migri Prucz

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Most prospective students and their families would welcome and benefit from effective assistance in their college selection process, when they are pressured by a plethora of recruitment documents, advertising material, and personal contacts from various universities. The paper describes a formal approach adopted at West Virginia University for consistent integration of advising within the recruiting process of engineering students. This recruitment initiative has thus become a truly comprehensive and concerted effort that is aimed not only at reaching out and informing prospective students about all the options and qualities of our educational programs, but it is also intended to assist the candidates with the analysis and evaluation of such information, from their own perspectives. Although it is difficult, in such a multi-faceted undertaking, to pinpoint those specific activities that have contributed the most to the continuing rise in engineering enrollments at West Virginia University, there is no doubt that the personal attention, balanced advice and close guidance have played a dominant role to this extent. The advising of prospective engineering students during the recruitment process ought to extend beyond their considerations for selecting an appropriate educational institution, to address also their decision criteria for an engineering discipline that is suitable to their individual interests and abilities. The importance of this goal is underscored by the recent finding that about half of the 60% of the current freshman class who have identified initially the major of their choice, were no longer confident in their prior decisions three months later, after attending the orientation seminars on specific undergraduate programs offered by the college.

Prucz, M. (2001, June), The Integration Of Advising With Student Recruitment Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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