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  • Working on feeder school data from 05A – 09A… classifying HSs into R, S, or U.
  • Many factors go into the college search and selection process. Some examples include…
  • Listing of the PUBLIC urban universities in Ohio… How many of these campuses have the counselors in attendance visited (or attended?)
  • Not intended to be comprehensive;Examples of key programs at various schools
  • Generate discussion: Do students or parents drive most of the concern? What is the difference between students who are hesitant and those who are not? (Interest in trying something new, desire to live the community where they grew up, etc.) What are the negative perceptions students have?
  • Why does one type of school feel bigger or less of an option than another?
  • Are students understanding the role of job prospects and the connections to be made?
  • Some kind of wrap up information
  • Urban university 101

    1. 1. Urban University 101<br />Jessica King, Senior Admissions Officer<br />Amberly Miller, Assistant Dean<br />University of Cincinnati<br />2010 OACAC Spring Conference<br />
    2. 2. Choosing a College<br />Role of school counselors<br />Input from family<br />Culture of the high school<br />Availability of programs in areas of interest<br />Financial considerations<br />Campus community and feel<br />Finding the right “fit”<br />Has anyone counseled a student hesitant to consider urban universities in their search process?<br />
    3. 3. Urban [PUBLIC] Universities<br />University of Akron<br />University of Cincinnati<br />Cleveland State University<br />The Ohio State University<br /> University of Toledo<br /> Wright State University<br /> Youngstown State University<br />Urban: of, pertaining to, or designating a city; living in a city<br />
    4. 4. Flagship Programs<br />Architecture<br />Performance arts<br />Engineering<br />Business<br />Veterinary<br />Pharmacy<br />Nursing<br />
    5. 5. Why are students hesitant?<br />
    6. 6. Why Are Students Hesitant?<br />Some of the most common reasons we encounter:<br />Size<br />Crime<br />Difference<br />
    7. 7. SIZE<br />Sound familiar?<br />“The campus is too large”<br />“I would just be a face in the crowd”<br />“I’ll never find my way around”<br />You can make a big campus smaller, but you can’t make a small campus larger.<br />First Year Experience<br />Residence Life<br />Honors Programs<br />Majors and departments<br />
    8. 8. Crime<br />Sound familiar?<br />“The neighborhood around the campus is scary”<br />“The campus has a bad rep”<br />Separating perception from reality<br />Right to Know<br />Asking questions, doing research<br />Urban Living 101<br />Common sense<br />Prevalence of “crimes of opportunity”<br />Police and community partnerships<br />Crime isn’t endemic to urban areas<br />
    9. 9. Difference<br />Sound familiar?<br />“I’ve never lived in an urban environment”<br />“This doesn’t look like anything I’m used to”<br />“I don’t think I would fit in”<br />Fear of the unknown<br />Applies to students considering moving from urban to suburban or rural areas, too<br />Best resolved through research<br />College websites and recruitment materials<br />Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)<br />http://www.collegeportraits.org/<br />
    10. 10. Public and Private<br />Do students have different associations based on the type of university?<br />Are they more inclined to consider private universities in urban areas as compared to public universities in the same setting?<br />What influences these considerations?<br />
    11. 11. Power of Direct Experience<br />Campus visits<br />Added layer of importance when concerned about overall environment<br />Connect with current students<br />Learn their perceptions, how they have changed<br />Spending time in the city and surrounding community<br />Discover what both the university and the city/community can offer<br />Ask admissions representatives for help<br />There is no better way to determine “fit”<br />
    12. 12. Opportunities<br />Professional development<br />Internships, co-ops, networking<br />What are students’ long-term goals?<br />Will they require movement to urban areas eventually?<br />Cultural events and activities<br />Museums, festivals, concerts, special events<br />Life within AND outside of the “college” community<br />
    13. 13. Informed Decisions<br />How else can we guide students through the process?<br />Urban campuses are NOT for every student<br />…but what information do they use to make that decision?<br />

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