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Best Ways to Communicate with Students Charles M. Scheetz Assistant Director Student Financial Services Ursinus College

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  1. Best Ways to Communicate with Students Charles M. Scheetz Assistant Director Student Financial Services Ursinus College

  2. Agenda • Generations overview • Generation Y • What do we need to communicate • Past and Present Communication Methods • Present and Future Communication Methods • Overview of Services • Website • Email • Facebook • Twitter • Review • Live demo • Questions

  3. Generations Overview • Baby Boomers – WWII thru 1960s • Generation X – 1961 thru 1981 • Generation Y – 1982 thru 1998/1999 • Generation Z – 1999 thru 2009 • Generation Alpha (Suggested) – 2009 thru ?

  4. Generation Y • Our current student population is Generation Y • Increased technological skills • Video games • Computers • Cell phones • Social Media networks

  5. What do we need to communicate? • Any information that is important including: • Deadlines (State and Federal) • Reminders (Application Deadlines) • Links (FAFSA, State Aid, Loan Applications) • Forms (Verification Worksheets) • Hours, Location, Phone #, Email

  6. Past and Present Communication Methods • Meeting with Student and Parents in office • Individualized attention • Most parents and student prefer this method • Letters mailed home • Can not guarantee that parent or student receives • Telephone calls • Have to leave messages majority of the time

  7. Present and Future Communication Methods • Website • Email • Facebook • Twitter

  8. Overview of Services • Website • One stop shop (should have all the basic information a student needs) • Email • Fast and simple (when it is working…..) • Facebook • Group/Page devoted to an office (can reach thousands of students fast) • Twitter • Short and to the point (limited to 140 characters)

  9. Website • Use for information about all services • Information about grants, loans, scholarships • How to apply for aid • Specific deadlines • Links to scholarship searches • Forms available for download

  10. Email • Personal vs. Campus-Based • Always use campus-based • Personal – not sure if it is the student’s • Campus based is free for all students • Easier to track (paper trail) • KISS – Keep it short & simple • The less a student has to read, the better • If the email needs to explain important information, may want to request student comes into the office • Highlight and bold important points

  11. Facebook • Create a group or page • Group is connected to one person (has to have an admin) • Admin may try to get contacted by students • Students need to “join” • Page is connected to business (has to have an admin) • Better for schools • No admin shown (do not become a fan) • Students become a “fan” • Page is the better practice • Can have all staff as administrators or just certain members • Can post information including: • Reminders • Deadlines • Links • Photos • Always be short and to the point • All updates show up on user’s “wall”

  12. Twitter • Can create an account for the office • Would recommend only one admin for the account • Update at anytime • Can create quick and simple posts • 140 character limit • If need to include links, shorten the link • Can use tinyurl (http://tinyurl.com/) • Use for quick updates • KISS: Keep it short and simple

  13. Review • Try out all the electronic services • Not each service is the best for every office • Have different people update by email, Facebook and Twitter • Don’t want “to many hands in the cookie jar” • Always be short and to the point • Easiest way to reach a majority of students • FACEBOOK

  14. Live Demo of Services • www.facebook.com • www.twitter.com • www.ursinus.edu/financialaid

  15. Questions and Contact Info Charles M. Scheetz Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Ursinus College 601 East Main Street Collegeville, Pa 19426 P 610.409.3600 F 610.409.3662 cscheetz@ursinus.edu