In using data to drive admission decisions, admission professions must look past descriptive statistics and make greater use of predictive statistical models. While this seems daunting, anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of regression analysis and access to Microsoft Excel can easily create models that will help inform their work. After a brief introduction to regression analysis and a walk through of a few examples of statistical models, participants will work in groups on exercises designed to enable them to create and understand their own models.
Pete Dignard, Associate Director of Admission, Phillips Academy Andover
Pete Dignard is entering his ninth year working at Phillips Academy Andover where he now serves as an Associate Director of Admission. In this role, Pete has managed the office’s tour guide program, read all 10th grade applications, lead efforts in recruiting students from the West Coast, and managed statistical research efforts in the office. As well as his duties in the admission office, he lives in an Upperclassman dorm, coaches hockey and baseball, and runs the campus community garden. Pete studied Mathematics and Physics at Vanderbilt University, and he is currently earning his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.
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Vivien Mallick, Director of Admission Operations, Phillips Academy Andover
Vivien Valenzuela Mallick has worked in the Phillips Academy (Andover) admission office for the past 20 years, starting as an entry-level admission counselor and working her way up the ranks to assistant dean of admission, associate dean of admission, senior associate dean of admission, and finally director of admission operations. In her role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, as well as the administrative staff, event planning, and marketing and social media.
Mallick works closely with Andover’s communications office on all print and digital projects for admissions; together they received a CASE D1 Gold Award for their work on Walkabout, an immersive multimedia experience which debuted in 2013. She also serves on the North American Boarding Initiative (NABI) advisory committee with The Association of Boarding Schools. Mallick lives with her husband and two children on the Andover campus in a 10th-12th grade girls’ dorm. She enjoys cooking and eating, and always plans her travels around restaurant reservations. She is a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and the band Guster.
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