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J. Leon Washington, ...
J. Leon Washington, assistant vice chancellor, student affairs and enrollment management at University of California-Davis, has been chosen as dean of admissions and financial aid.President Alice Gast and Provost Mohamed El-Aasser selected Washington out of a group of three top candidates last week, El-Aasser said.
El-Aasser said Washington
has dealt with all aspects of admission during a 28-year career and his breadth of knowledge brought him in front of the other two candidates.
"[Washington] is truly someone who knows the landscape of admissions in terms of the demographics," El-Aasser said.
...Washington will start work at Lehigh on June 1, 2007, when selection for the Class of 2012 begins.According to a Lehigh press release, Washington said, "I am honored to be chosen to lead Lehigh's admissions process.
"When I first started investigating Lehigh
, the ‘Challenging Great Minds, Inspiring Great Imaginations' tag line that appears on the Web site really spoke to me.I realized that my values and those of Lehigh
El-Aasser said Washington
will work toward improving particularly need-based financial aid packages and recruiting students from all over the United States and abroad.
...The new dean of admissions, J. Leon Washington, is a vice chancellor at the University of California-Davis.The new dean of admissions, J. Leon Washington, is a vice chancellor at the University of California-Davis.
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DREAM is a movement to create a college-going culture and to take the message that college is within the reach of every student," said Leon Washington, UC Davis assistant vice chancellor.
Leon Washington, dean of ...
Leon Washington, dean of admission at Lehigh University in West Bethlehem, Pa., adds: "It is really difficult to say 'no' to outstanding young men and women who say, 'I love you.
As J. Leon Washington explains, ...
As J. Leon Washington explains, student recruitment is becoming an increasingly complex mix of local, national, and global outreach.
How a college pursues one group of students may affect how it can serve another.
Mr. Washington is dean of admissions and financial aid at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa., which has long drawn most of its students from the Northeast.
Over the past five years, however, the university has perused projections and revamped its recruitment plan.
"There's not panic or anything," he
says, "but there's been a change in attitude in how we work day to day."
"They have their finger right on the pulse," Mr. Washington
In California, for instance, feedback from such organizations drove home an important lesson to Lehigh
: If it wanted to recruit more Hispanic students, it had to engage their parents.
That meant talking about financial aid in Spanish, even with families who also spoke English, Mr. Washington
offers information sessions in Spanish both on and off the campus.
Attracting more students from across the country takes time.
This year about two dozen of Lehigh's 1
,200 freshmen came from the Golden State, up from just a handful five years ago.
It's progress, Mr. Washington
says, but also an endeavor that requires much planning, effort, and money.
The same is true of international recruitment, widely viewed as a safety net that can protect against shortfalls in enrollment and revenue.
Advocates for low-income students are wary of the global-recruitment boom; they worry about colleges' giving more and more seats to students from other countries instead of to underrepresented applicants from the United States.
But the equation is more complicated than that, Mr. Washington
explains, and it's up to him to balance it.
"Two full-freight-paying students," he says, "allow us to fund more heavily a domestic student with greater need."
Unless social activism is one of ...
Unless social activism is one of the core values of the school you're applying to, "heartfelt cello playing trumps obligatory service work," says J. Leon Washington, dean of admissions and financial aid for Lehigh University.