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Don’t Lose Sight of the Silver Lining

When using mystery shoppers to assess your staff’s performance, don’t focus solely on the negatives.   Making sure your institution’s admissions staff is performing to the best of its ability and consistently representing the school in a way that leaves a positive impression on prospective students is, obviously, a very important thing. That’s why more […]

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Mystery Shopping Results

Norton Norris’ 20 years of experience in reviewing enrollment practices has added substantial value to admissions processes at campuses nationwide. Mystery shopping is the primary tool used to provide recommendations in five key compliance areas. Below is how Norton Norris helped one school improve over the span of a few years.  

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April Tales from the Trail: Students Love Paper Materials – Even in the Digital Era

There’s nothing easier for a college admissions representative than grabbing a USB memory stick, handing it to a prospective student, and sending them home with all of the information they could possibly need… But are students leaving with digital materials that they can’t even use? In our travels, we’ve been noticing that quite a few […]

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August Tales from the Trail: We’re Not Ready to Enroll!

We’ve noticed along the trail that a variety of tactics are used to encourage prospective students to enroll. We go into every interview expecting representatives to be focused on building relationships, answering questions, and highlighting the great things the school has to offer. Most of the time, that’s exactly what happens! We’ll have a great […]

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April Tales from the Trail: Fun with Smartphones

Students that are part of the younger generation really like to use their smartphones – for everything besides phone calls! Since it can be difficult to reach students on the phone, admissions representatives should be working to engage in ways that are most comfortable for them. In our trail travels, we’ve come across more than […]

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March Tales from the Trail: How much will this cost?

The million (well, thousand) dollar question. The question almost every prospective student will ask when they visit your college…is your Admissions team prepared to answer it? Even at schools with access to professionally printed tuition sheets and expertly designed collateral to hand out, our covert evaluators continue to find representatives who have a hard time […]

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Think Automated Admissions is a Fad? Think Again!

For many Americans, technology has become a consistent presence in our lives. We use it to connect with people, see what’s happening in the world, shop, and get information. Given the versatility that technology offers in our lives, it seems natural to apply technology to automate processes and procedures to help us become more efficient […]

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Recognizing a Close Ally for College Admission Professionals – School Counselors!

Happy National School Counseling Week to one of my favorite allies as a college admissions counselor – school counselors! The women and men in this role inspired me so much in my days as a college admissions counselor that I went back to college to join their ranks. These individuals play an instrumental part in […]

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