Baruch Team Wins Award for Scholarship Database
New York, NY - September 26, 2006—Baruch College was a team award winner for its scholarship database in the 2006 CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor's Productivity Awards Program. The awards recognize outstanding productivity achievements under the auspices of the CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, currently Allan Dobrin. This year there were 16 nominations from 8 campuses.
Baruch’s Office of College Advancement, the Baruch College Technology Center (BCTC), and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid devised the system which matches qualified students with available scholarships. The system houses three years worth of data and has greatly improved the College’s ability to match students to the profile of a given scholarship, ensuring that all available scholarship funds are spent on deserving students. Before the creation of the database, the evaluation and matching process were done manually using printouts of Baruch’s online student information system (SIMS) data, often leading to imprecise results. The new database enables administrators to tailor searches and sort students based on criteria such as seniority, GPA and SAT scores, registration indicator, and other student-driven data, which will accurately find, recognize, and reward the most deserving students.
As all of the College’s enrollment management systems become more sophisticated, the database will also be able to identify more merit and need-based scholarships. Tracking differences over time in attraction and retention of qualified students coupled with the ability to track the percentages of available scholarship monies utilized effectively before and after implementation will help Baruch entice prospective students to apply and enroll.
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