The Bonner Program:Recruitment: From Selectionto Dismissal“Access to Education,     Opportunity to Serve”A program of:The ...
Bonner Profiles:Amelia Lumpkin             www.bonner.org   2
Recruitment:  Overview• Who & How to Recruit• Application & Selection• Retention & Dismissal                  www.bonner.o...
Who to recruit
Recruitment:       Considerations         Scholars                                    Leaders• Pre-college recruitment    ...
Recruitment:   Who to Recruit — Personal Qualities• Service ethic: a student who has demonstrated  commitment and engageme...
Recruitment:  Who to Recruit — Demographic Profile• Number of first-years (with 4 year goal in  mind)?• Determine financial e...
How to recruit
Bonner Profiles:Mario Cespedes             www.bonner.org   9
Recruitment:   How to Recruit — First Years• Pipeline relationships with non-profits & schools  served by the institution (...
Recruitment:     How to Recruit — Replacements• Pipeline relationships with other programs on  campus (First Year Service-...
How to select
Recruitment:     Application Form• Written information on school’s website (and Bonner  Program section)• Questions elicit...
Recruitment:   Selection Best Practices• Interviews on the phone or in-person  help clarify the student’s capacity for suc...
How to retain
Recruitment:   Retention and Dismissals• The good news — Bonner Programs generally  have higher retention for members than...
What are your ideas  for recruiting Bonner Leaders?
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  • Bonner recruitment 7 26-11

    1. 1. The Bonner Program:Recruitment: From Selectionto Dismissal“Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”A program of:The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540(609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 faxFor more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
    2. 2. Bonner Profiles:Amelia Lumpkin www.bonner.org 2
    3. 3. Recruitment: Overview• Who & How to Recruit• Application & Selection• Retention & Dismissal www.bonner.org 3
    4. 4. Who to recruit
    5. 5. Recruitment: Considerations Scholars Leaders• Pre-college recruitment • Pre- or during college• Four years • Four years• Must meet school’s admissions • You determine academic requirements and be in top requirements 40% of class • Not bound by same EFC• EFC = Below $7,500 for at guidelines, though may want to least 85% of class consider• May or may not use • May or may not use AmeriCorps—should offer to AmeriCorps—should offer to all all www.bonner.org 5
    6. 6. Recruitment: Who to Recruit — Personal Qualities• Service ethic: a student who has demonstrated commitment and engagement in service• Recruit for diversity: reach out to people of color, males, international students• Intensity: Commitment to 10 hours/week of service & related activity requires seriousness of purpose• Teamwork: You’re building a team that impacts the whole campus www.bonner.org 6
    7. 7. Recruitment: Who to Recruit — Demographic Profile• Number of first-years (with 4 year goal in mind)?• Determine financial eligibility profile of your Bonner Leaders.• What financial aid resources your program will provide these students (scholarships, grants, Federal & college work-study, AmeriCorps)?• Other goals you have around diversity (gender, ethnicity, international, etc.)? www.bonner.org 7
    8. 8. How to recruit
    9. 9. Bonner Profiles:Mario Cespedes www.bonner.org 9
    10. 10. Recruitment: How to Recruit — First Years• Pipeline relationships with non-profits & schools served by the institution (Allegheny College)• Relationships with high schools (Carson-Newman)• International connections (Mars Hill and the Sudan)• Tap national networks (Stetson—Matt Morton, identifying foster youth)• Foster close relationship with Admissions Office —shared timelines, Bonner staff early involvement• Small schools notify all eligible students www.bonner.org 10
    11. 11. Recruitment: How to Recruit — Replacements• Pipeline relationships with other programs on campus (First Year Service-Learning Seminar; Jumpstart)• Relationships with other key staff members (Multicultural Affairs, Deans, Athletics)• For BLPs and new schools: think strategically and with a multi-year plan in mind• Relationships with faculty — creative ways to build the campus-wide collaboration and civic work www.bonner.org 11
    12. 12. How to select
    13. 13. Recruitment: Application Form• Written information on school’s website (and Bonner Program section)• Questions elicit students’ experience with and ethic for service, including care for family members• Staff & student leaders are involved in screening• Interview days & visits where possible• Ideally solidify incoming class by spring (new programs—exception)• Thoughtful multi-pronged processes www.bonner.org 13
    14. 14. Recruitment: Selection Best Practices• Interviews on the phone or in-person help clarify the student’s capacity for success (attitude, fit)• Some campuses include parents in the recruitment process (Emory & Henry)• Preview weekends, with student-led team projects, are a best practice (West Virginia Wesleyan, Rider)• Timeline corresponds with college’s overall admissions timeline www.bonner.org 14
    15. 15. How to retain
    16. 16. Recruitment: Retention and Dismissals• The good news — Bonner Programs generally have higher retention for members than the institution does ‣ Aim for 90%+ retention — CNCS standard• The bad news — Some students may need to leave (academic reasons, lack of compliance, health) ‣ Aim to have a clear exit policy and replacement process www.bonner.org 16
    17. 17. What are your ideas for recruiting Bonner Leaders?

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