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Looking for an article about Financial Aid success

  • 1.  Looking for an article about Financial Aid success

    Posted 01-31-2019 10:00

    Greetings to all from chilly and busy New York--

    I recently came across this article which offers an intriguing way to judge the success of a school's FA program (in this case, at the college level) and shared it with members of the Board subcommittee on which I sit.  We plan to have further conversations to try to determine metrics/studies we can use to measure the success of our program.

    The metric described in this article is very outward-looking (i.e., it discusses the social mobility of students AFTER they leave the school).  I'm wondering two things:

    1. Has anyone come across other articles that might inspire useful thought at the leadership level on what makes a school FA program successful?
    2. Might there be an article that balances the post-graduation metrics with the in-attendance considerations of FA programs?  Or even one that just provides a thorough-ish set of internal considerations for FA success in a school?
    Any thoughts, links, guidance, or suggestions are warmly (despite the weather) received.

    Thanks in advance.



    Christopher McColl
    Director of Admissions
    Hackley School
    Tarrytown NY
    (914) 366-2640

  • 2.  RE: Looking for an article about Financial Aid success

    Posted 02-01-2019 06:25
    Hi Chris.  Every year we look at our graduating seniors on financial aid.  We gather information that tries to measure their contribution to our school community.  We look at participation in clubs; teams; drama, music, and art groups; and we see what leadership positions they have held.  It is always an impressive list that reminds our board and faculty that we are a much stronger school and community as a result of their presence.  When we report this information, we are careful to do so in a way that does not point to any particular students, so the report would say something like, "Our graduating seniors represent 27 seasons of varsity sports, 12 spots in our orchestra, 9 leadership positions in student government and clubs, placement at 14 selective colleges, etc.

    And, of course, this information does not take into consideration the importance of a diverse learning community, which would not be possible without aid, so that message is always included.

    Good luck!


    Geordie Mitchell
    Director of Enrollment Management
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
    80 Gerry's Landing Road
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (857) 998-3072 - Cell
    (617) 800-2135 - Office