Embracing change has been a common theme in higher ed so far this year. Everybody’s talking about the work by a researcher out of Carleton College, who formulated the Higher Education Demand Index, or HEDI. In case you missed it, HEDI suggests enrollment, especially at less selective colleges, won’t survive a decline in degree-seeking students if they continue to ignore the data and turn to status quo solutions (e.g., engaging more target populations like veterans, out of state students, international students). Okay — so you’ve booked your flight using our super helpful tips and tricks. Now, what kind of gadgets and tools can you use to make your travel even smoother? Here’s what a few X’ers had to say: Amazon Video / Music Did you know that Amazon Video and Amazon Music are both free to Prime members? As we approach the 73rd National NACAC Conference, we wanted to help you prepare for the event! Here are a few things that you must do while you’re in Boston for #NACAC17: 1. Plan Your Schedule Ahead of Time. NACAC 2017 will have over 150 sessions, which can seem a bit overwhelming—especially if it’s your first time attending. The second day of the 2017 TargetX Summit featured a Leadership Panel of higher education experts moderated by Scott Jaschik, the editor and CEO of Inside Higher Ed. The panel was entitled “Hell No to the Status Quo: Meeting the Current Challenges in Higher Education” and addressed the tough challenges faced by higher education leaders. Today was the first day of the 2017 TargetX Summit. It included a Student and Parent Panel entitled “A Change Would Do You Good,” sponsored by Render Experiences. The panel highlighted first-person perspectives from students and parents who have recently been through (or are currently going through) the admissions process to provide attendees with real feedback, straight from the source. Guest Post: Ruffalo Noel Levitz Ruffalo Noel Levitz is a Platinum Sponsor at the 2017 TargetX Summit Predictive modeling for student search has become a must for any institution that wants to reduce waste in their search buy and maximize the impact of their program by, for lack of a better analogy, fishing where the fish are… For instance, Ruffalo Noel Levitz produces 4 predictive models (Prospect to Application) for each search program, with the idea that students within 100 miles of the university will have very different attributes from those outside of that radius, or even outside the state or on the other side of the country. Submitting college applications. Sending transcripts. Personalizing essays. Coordinating references. The list goes on and on. Applying to college is often a grueling process, particularly when students lack the guidance and resources to properly navigate the admissions system. Recognizing these issues, the White House’s Office of Public Engagement has teamed up with Huge and Civic Nation to pilot a text messaging program called Up Next. The latest SAT results are in, but it seems students are less prepared for college than ever. The College Board, owner of the SAT, released results for the Class of 2015. Scores dropped to their lowest level in ten years. The average score was 1490 out of a possible 2400, down seven points from the previous year. Reflecting on the latest data from the 2015 Social Admissions Report made us consider: What are the most important questions your admissions team should be asking about student recruitment and mobile? We’ve assembled our top 4 below along with pro tips for making the most out of your efforts. Last week, the Uversity team was lucky enough to host James Steen, Vice-President of Enrollment Management at Houston Baptist University (HBU), for a webinar that detailed his approach to a successful enrollment strategy. Under his leadership, HBU has experienced unprecedented growth in its freshman student enrollment which is why we couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask him a few follow-up questions.