Comments: Bradley University Situation update.

In answer to the questions posed by readers,I just sent this email to the main site. In case it helps to see it posted here, here is the text.

Q1)Quick question Tom: If what you say is true, then how do you respond to the following quote from someone in admissions: Because you were in the military, you wont fit in here. This would seem to directly contravene what you say, so which is it? No spin, straight answer.

A1)I followed up with all of the people in our office who are likely to have had any contact with a student who is not coming directly from high school. Each appeared as shocked as I was to imagine anyone in our office saying such things. Without knowing the context, tone and exact wording, I would just be guessing about what was communicated. However, if this happened as reported, Im confident that the statement attributed to our staff member was either misunderstood or misspoken. Im not sure which. In either case, it does not represent the actual feelings and policies of the admission program at Bradley.

Q2) Tom, I do believe the intangibles mentioned "A variety of other factors are considered to help learn about a student's motivation, social skills, time management skills, goals, and a variety of important intangibles that can lead to college success." is learned better by serving in the military than any college campus.

Excluding those factors this young man is left to rely on his grades for admission. As you are well aware when people mature they become better students. My guess is he's matured more than most of your students in the same age bracket, but I don't know the man only his willingness to serve our country. I applaud your university for admitting those who make it possible for us to continue opening educational opportunities for all.

You mentioned you have admitted veterans recently. Do you know the percentage of veterans currently accepted to those denied admission?

In advance, thank you for the follow-up.

A2) Im afraid that I dont have any data about the number of students who have applied with military experience. We simply dont track it. We do get occasional questions about how many students apply with characteristics such as previously worked as Caterpillar, or who, played a high school sport, etc. We just dont track this kind of data on the nearly 7,000 applications we receive each year. If I were to guess, Id bet that we only get a couple of dozen applications from those who have served in the military. I would also guess we admit the majority of our veterans if they have the academic background to start the program of study they choose.

As for relying on grades for a student who might not have had the best academic record coming out of high school, we do see this. In a case such as this, we give a great deal of consideration to a students post-high school experience. We have admitted students with lower grades in high school when we feel that the student has had life experience that shows they have a higher academic ability than their high school records show. In some cases, maturity and commitment can overcome poor academic preparation. In other cases, these important attributes wont be enough to compensate for less math, science or witting experience. Since Bradley has limited offerings for basic academic skill development, some students are advised to get a better academic foundation at an institution such as a community college and then to transfer into a Bradley program in the future.

One last important point; I do not want to suggest that my answers are in direct relation to the individual student who indicates that he has applied. Federal regulations prevent me from commenting on a students records without their consent.

Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit of the thinking that goes into creating and administering our admissions policies.

Tom Richmond
Director of Admissions Marketing and Communications

Posted by Tom Richmond at July 3, 2007 12:53 PM

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