Admissions Staff Named "Outstanding Professional Team"
Michigan Tech's Admissions staff has been selected as the Outstanding Professional Team for 2016 by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO).
In nominating Tech's admission staff, John Lehman, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations, pointed out the challenges of recruiting for a university in a rather remote locale.
"No one ends up in Houghton, Michigan, home of Michigan Technological University, by accident ... If two cars leave Detroit on I-75 at the same time, one headed south, the other headed north, the one headed south will hit Atlanta, Georgia before the one headed north reaches Michigan Tech."
Lehman wrote that eight of Tech's 13 recruiters do not live anywhere close to the U.P.
"Because of this, the team only gets together twice a year for staff meetings. So one would think that being this diffuse, so far away from each other, with such little face to face interpersonal interaction, the staff might know of each other but probably really wouldn’t qualify as a team."
Lehman said this isn't the case at Michigan Tech and this past year showed how a group of individuals, separated by so much distance, came together around one goal and created success.
Lehman said the group embraces change and pitches in by helping to coordinate each other's evening events.
"Crossing territories to lend a hand, helping each other implement new ideas, knowing that the success of their peers equals the success of the team."
The results of their efforts is reflected in the largest freshmen class in 36 years. Not only is the size of the class remarkable but the makeup as well.
"The class will have the highest institutional ACT composite average (27.2) of all time. It will also include the most women of all time. Probably what I am most proud of is the underrepresented minority representation of this class will grow 50 percent over last year’s class (both years marking all-time highs)."
Lehman wrote that when the team gets together for its semi-annual meetings it feels like a family reunion.
Last month rather than staying in isolating hotel rooms during their week-long retreat "the team decided to rent out a lake-side bunk house (and by doing so, saved the institution a decent chunk of cash)."
Lehman concluded his nomination by calling the group "the admissions dream team."
"The state of Michigan is lucky to have such caring, dedicated, and humble people working for the betterment of its citizens," Lehman wrote.
The admissions staff has been invited to the MACRAO business meeting during the association's Fall Conference, Nov. 16-18 in Frankenmuth, Michigan.