Chair Rob Kugler ’67 welcomed the group. After introductions, dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris ’84 gave an update on the admissions process and the Class of 2017. This year, once again, Dartmouth received applications from students with exceptional academic credentials. There was a discussion about the recent events and community reaction on campus, and how that might impact yield. The yield has proven similar to those of the classes of 2015 and 2016.
Looking ahead, recruiting is underway for the Class of 2018. This summer Dartmouth will host many visitors through Dartmouth Bound, Academic Spotlight programs, and campus tours. The campus visit is critically important in building a talented and diverse applicant pool. An item of interest is the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which centers on whether and how race may be used in college-admission decisions. The range of possible outcomes could affect Dartmouth; however, that decision has not been handed down yet.
Isabel Bober ’04, associate director of admissions, described how the alumni interviewing program is undergoing a comprehensive review. In order to comply with rules governing the protection of minors, alumni interviewer program participants will be asked to complete a disclosure form that states they have read about best practices regarding interviewing and are citizens in good standing.
Vice Chair Lisa Cloitre ’94, ’02Tu and Derek McDowell ’88 reported on the subcommittee examining the role of alumni interview training. The benchmarking completed thus far will provide information that could be utilized by the Admissions Office. Rob Kugler led a discussion regarding the possibility of requiring that applicants “opt in” for interviews by contacting interviewers.
Gary Love ’76 was elected to serve as the vice chair of the Enrollment and Admissions Committee, and Lisa Cloitre will serve as chair, beginning July 1, 2013.