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Enrollment and admission resources

The National CCAA annually commissions research studies by educational consultants and experts from member institutions to help inform our members’ work as enrollment and admission professionals in Catholic higher education. Historically, the studies have demonstrated the value and benefits of Catholic higher education and provide valuable data to direct enrollment and marketing strategies.

National CCAA members use the findings to educate prospective students, parents, and secondary school and independent counselors about the benefits of Catholic higher education. Studies may also be helpful in educating administration and training admission staff.

Findings are shared each year at the National CCAA membership meeting and breakfast at the NACAC conference. Presentations and reports from past years are shared here for the benefit of all National CCAA members.

National CCAA enrollment and admission presentations

Welcoming the Next Generation: Radical Hospitality and the Admissions Officer
Michael Galligan-Stierle, President and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)

Engages participants in an exploration of admissions work grounded in human dignity, building on Catholic higher education’s tradition of developing the whole person and drawing on those values that Catholic institution alumni value most. 

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Educationomics

Jon McGee, College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University, 2013

Discusses the impacts of changing economics on higher education and the demographic, economic and cultural disruption taking place within higher education.

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Catholic Students, Catholic Institutions and College Choice

Mark Gunty, University of Notre Dame's Office of Institutional Research, 2012

A look at how Catholic students enter higher education when compared with their peers and how students entering Catholic higher education compare with students entering other institutions.

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The Values that Matter: Comparative Alumni Research Project

Hardwick-Day, 2006 and 2012

Examines how Catholic college and university alumni viewed their college experiences in comparison to alumni from non-Catholic institutions.

View results from The Values that Matter: Comparative Alumni Research Project, 2006 & 2012 >>

Enrollment in Catholic Colleges

Jim Sconing, ACT, 2010

Considers which variables related to student characteristics and students’ stated preferences are important in determining if a student will enroll in a Catholic college or university. Presentation discusses the effect of each variable on enrollment, as well as a global model that gives the probability that an individual student will enroll. 

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Prospective Students Considering Catholic Colleges

The Lawlor Group, 2008

A deep look at how prospective college students perceive Catholic colleges and factors that influence their college decision, including parents, guidance counseling resources and spiritual influences. 

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Financial Aid Research

Kevin Crockett, Noel-Levitz, 2008

Examines financial aid packaging and yield trends at a number of National CCAA member schools according to institutional selectivity.

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Additional resources

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Journal of Catholic Higher Education

Momentum