Below are the titles of the capstones completed by every SEM-EP graduate.

Pathway Matriculation Rates at Brigham Young University-Idaho tracked the matriculation rates of students who were engaged in non-degree online programs in Idaho.

A Campus Role for Retention examined the current trends related to retention on community college campuses, with a specific focus on first-generation students in the south Texas region. 

Athens State University Communication Study of Retention Outreach Methods piloted a study of email messaging strategies for stop out students at Athens State University.  Study achieved an 11% return to degree work.

In-Country Recruitment Activities Effect on Enrollment Study found that when recruitment staff were able to connect with prospective students in their country, the University saw a growing return on investment. In comparison with non-connected students (over the same 12 countries), the connected group showed growth in new intake over three successive years, as well as higher yield rates, first-year success rates, first-year GPAs, and the same or higher entry GPAs.

Enrollment Management Data explored key data points associated with informing enrollment decisions on college campuses.

Elgin Community College Career and Technical Education Mini Enrollment Campaign Fall 2016 was a pilot opportunity to create a targeted and intentional marketing campaign using Perkins grant funding to impact fall 2016 enrollment in career and technical education programs. A total of six newly enrolled students can be directly connected to campaign analytics; however, there was also a 26% increase in new applications and a 13% increase in new student CTE enrollment for fall 2016.

Using SEM as a Visionary Plan of Action explores the transformational ways to address financial and enrollment challenges at public and private institutions while accounting for balance between the institutional mission and student needs.

A New Student Study Regarding Effective Telephony Methods of Outreach to Formerly Non-matriculated Applicants explored the efficacy of telephone enrollment campaigns to applicants who did not matriculate.

Impact of Advisor Outreach on Priority Registration was a pilot to determine if academic advisor outreach positively impacted students registering during the priority registration time period. The focus of the project also looked at students who historically have had the lowest likelihood of enrolling during the priority registration period. This project, built off of regression analysis, identified key behaviors and characteristics that impact student retention.

Connecticut Community College Strategic Enrollment Management Master Plan was written as a pilot plan to bring strategic enrollment management to the twelve community colleges that reside within the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system.  The contents of the plan seek to develop a new culture based around SEM, with leadership provided at the system level, which is designed to work with system colleges in advancing enrollment, retention, persistence, and progress goals.

Evaluating the Impact Proactive Full-time Registration has on Student Retention.  This research project sought to determine if proactively enrolling a specific population of students full-time in their first semester of courses would result in student success when compared to prior year data.  Student success is defined as an increase in enrollment, persistence, and retention.

Class Wait-listing:  A Strategy for Managing Course Demand examined class wait-list numbers after two separate time periods--General Registration and Add/Drop Periods.  This project also gathered information on students’ behavior concerning wait-listing and assessed delayed paths to graduation. Findings from this study resulted in a set of recommendations for changes in the University’s wait-listing policy and processes, including the integration of the review of wait-list numbers in enrollment planning.

Seven-Year (2007-2013) Retention Study on Students Enrolled in Thematic and Non-Thematic First-Year Experience Seminar Courses.  For more than 30 years, John Gardner has elevated the discussion about the importance of student success in the first-year of college, with a heightened emphasis on first-year seminar courses and their value. Many colleges and universities offer some version of a first-year experience seminar, which is true for the Midwestern MAC School discussed in this research study. The purpose of this seven-year retention was to assess impact first-year seminar had on retention rates for students enrolled in thematic and non-thematic sections; to assess student leader post-perceptions about the course; and to examine the extent to which first-year students’ perceptions changed over a seven-year period. Overall, findings are positive and encouraging based on analysis of the data. Specifically, findings illustrate that the first-year seminar course has positively impacted student retention for both groups of students in the study, but more significantly for students enrolled in the thematic sections of the course. Additionally, the researcher’s findings also indicated that student leaders have positive post-perceptions about the course, and lastly, the First-Year Initiative survey findings show that over a seven-year period, students’ perceptions about the course have improved. 

A Comprehensive Strategic Enrollment Management Plan examined internal and external environmental factors and developed a multi-year, inter-departmental work plan to leverage institutional resources in support of student enrollment success at a community college in the Northwest. 

The Creation of a Campus Culture for Student Successliterature review. This review compares three articles by leading enrolment management professionals on retention and student success to my primary text, Strategic Enrolment Intelligence. The central message of the text on retention is bringing together stakeholders from across the campus to share responsibility for student success from enrolment through to graduation. I explored how the articles supported or contrasted the idea of a retention champion  and how some  their proposed strategies are currently being utilized at my institution and where we had the opportunity to further student success in future at UBC.

Strategic Enrollment Management at Metropolitan Community College-Longview analyzed institutional data, environmental data, and best practice research to recommend strategies to attract and retain students for optimal enrollment. Utilizing AACRAO’s SEM planning model as a framework, the five-year plan seeks to increase enrollment, persistence, and completion rates through a series of targeted strategies and tactics developed with representation from a wide cross-section of faculty, administrators, and staff.

Managing for Outcomes was a literature review that explored topics related to consistently achieving meaningful outcomes while learning strategies to get a competitive edge in attracting and enrolling students.

Design and Execution of a SEM Plan: Focus on Academic Context, Collaboration, and Coordination. Regional open access institutions face changing demographics, declining market shares, and decreased funding. The newly hired Senior Regional Director of Enrollment Management led Miami University Regionals in its first strategic enrollment management planning process and its execution. Within the Miami University Regionals Strategic Enrollment Management Plan are the academic, recruitment and marketing, student success, and data and finance plans. Focusing SEM on the academic context pf the mission achieved buy-in from every academic department and resulted in Enrollment & Completion plans for each degree program. Because of this comprehensive plan and subsequent plans, entering student enrollment is increasing and retention is improving.