Prospective College Students Receptive to Electronic Social Networking Recruitment Methods, Survey Finds

By Roach, Ronald | Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 28, 2006 | Go to article overview

Prospective College Students Receptive to Electronic Social Networking Recruitment Methods, Survey Finds


Roach, Ronald, Diverse Issues in Higher Education


DENVER

In the era of Facebook.com, MySpace.com and instant messaging, prospective college students are open to admissions recruitment methods that rely on social networking technology, according to the "E-Expectations" report. The organizations sponsoring the report are the consulting firm Noel-Levitz, the recruiting firm James Tower and the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, a nonprofit research organization.

Formally titled "Engaging the Social Networking Generation," the 2006 study of 1,000 college-bound high school juniors reported on the new ways that colleges and universities are trying to communicate with prospective students. The study is an overview of findings on the changing face of e-recruitment. This report, the second annual "E-Expectations" study, reveals that 43 percent of college-bound students have already created a profile on a college or university Web site, not unlike those found on Facebook and MySpace. Of those students who hadn't yet created such a site, 46 percent indicated they would like to do so.

"From blogs to MySpace pages to podcasts, today's college-bound students are using technology to engage in a host of social networking activities that build communities," says Kevin W. Crockett, the president and CEO of Nod-Levitz. "Having this data provides a clearer indication of students' preferences for electronic communication and e-recruitment."

The study also found that 63 percent of respondents said they would read a blog authored by a faculty member as a way to seek more information about students and faculty at a particular institution. While only 9 percent said they had participated in an online chat on a school Web site, 51 percent said they would if they could. Also, 9 percent of prospective students indicated that they had downloaded a podcast from a college or university, but 54 percent said they would if they hM the opportunity. …

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