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International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy

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Edited By Virginia Stead

The promise of this admission policy reader arises from the embodiment of research from 58 authors, six continents, 20 time zones, 20+ first languages, and a broad array of research methodologies. Four sections aggregate key themes within the text:
(1) National Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy;
(2) Theoretical Approaches to Higher Education Admission Policy;
(3) Applicant Recruitment and Student Support Services in Higher Education; and
(4) Diversity and Equity in Higher Education Admission Policy Implementation.
This book's global chorus of professional experience, investigation, and insight is unprecedented in its breadth and depth, illuminating a rare swath of challenges and opportunities that Internet-sourced international higher education makes visible. Although each chapter is an independent research report, together they generate a new landscape for admission policy orientation, exploration, and activism. The sheer range of policies and organizational infrastructure will alert all readers to many complexities within the admissions process that remain invisible within single or multiple but similar cultural and political contexts.
Many of these authors have demonstrated courage along with their intellectual acumen in tackling politically sensitive, culturally taboo, and personally dangerous topics within their research. Theirs is a moving testimony to the global quest for fairness within the world of admission policy implementation and to the power of access to higher education. Together, we are determined to advance equitable admissions praxis within all institutions of higher learning and promising futures for all students.
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38 Socialization Matters: A Mixed-Methods Study of U.S. College Admissions Counselors

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CHAPTER 38

Socialization Matters

A Mixed-Methods Study of U.S. College Admissions Counselors

Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Joseph (Joey) A. Kitchen and Terrell L. Strayhorn

Introduction

As evidenced by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (1937) Student Personnel Point of View, the profession of student affairs has been around for more than 70 years, and it was originally established to nurture the holistic development of college students. Apart from this guiding philosophy to consider the student as a whole, student personnel services included the task of “selecting and admitting students,” which is the primary responsibility of college admissions professionals (CAPS) nowadays. Furthermore, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS, 2009) acknowledges more than 38 functional areas, one of which is admission programs and services. And though admission offices vary in size and location, CAPs generally aim to disseminate information and materials to prospective students, to assist prospective students from a diversity of backgrounds in navigating the admissions process, and to serve as the public face of universities and colleges to secondary schools, parents, alumni, and the general public (Swann & Henderson, 1998).

There is some evidence to suggest the general complexion of the admissions profession. No national statistics are available on the number and demographic makeup of admissions professionals (S. Hurley, personal communication, August 21, 2012), but there are national estimates available for annual salaries and benefits. For instance, CAPs’ average annual salary...

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