A revamped SAT, a new college-application platform, financial aid, endowment spending and issues related to recruitment and retention were among the topics addressed during a recent media roundtable attended by Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid Monica Inzer. Education reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, Money, and U.S. News & World Report questioned the six participating admission professionals, including Inzer, at the event sponsored by Georgia Tech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 2.
Representatives from the Universities of Chicago, Richmond, Oregon and Minnesota joined Inzer and several others from Georgia Tech to discuss a broad range of topics at the on-the-record session. “Especially because the admission and financial aid landscape is changing so significantly and rapidly, it was great to be part of such an honest and positive dialog regarding the core values that we hope remain the same,” Inzer observed. “Though the institutions represented were very diverse, we are more alike than different in our common goal to serve students.” Senior Director of Media Relations Vige Barrie also attended the event.
One of the immediate results of the session was an article that appeared the following day on The Atlantic site titled “The Pitfalls of Free Tuition.” Inzer was quoted extensively and commented on possible unintended consequences of Hillary Clinton’s education plan. The article highlighted Hamilton’s elimination of merit aid and move to a need-blind admission policy, the admission office’s extensive outreach efforts and the college’s student emergency aid funding.