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Episode 45—Direct Admission: Unpacking College Access


On this Episode of the Enrollment Edge, Jay is joined by Robert Gould, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Stephanie Ruckel, Director of Admissions Operations at Augsburg University. For decades many colleges have taken on the challenge of real college access. More recently, Direct Admissions has moved from a regionalized experimental policy to a policy movement. Every student is “college material.” This core belief is the driving idea behind the Office of Higher Education's new program called Direct Admissions. This pilot program will notify graduating high school seniors from selected Minnesota high schools that there are multiple partner colleges and universities that are eager to admit them based on their academic records and their projected Spring 2023 graduation date. This program will allow students to apply with confidence, knowing that the "will I get in?" question has already been answered with a "YES!"

For Enrollment Leaders across the country who are interested in breaking down college access barriers and supporting students to achieve the dream of a college education, this is an Edge Episode you can't miss!!


About Our Guests

Stephanie has been part of the Augsburg University community since 2010.  She began her career at Augsburg helping students pay for college, holding various roles within financial aid and student account teams. There she embraced the framework of design thinking to transform numerous aspects of student service.

Robert currently serves as vice president for strategic enrollment management at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a proven record of consistent enrollment leadership success. He has led four years of progressive results at Augsburg, welcoming the largest and most diverse entering classes in its 153-year history.