Enrollment and Student Success Programs, Leadership Featured in Recent Articles

Washington Post, Hartford Courant, and King’s Academy Stories Spotlight Aspects of Trinity’s Admissions Approach

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 9, 2017 – An op-ed piece by Professor of English David Rosen published by The Washington Post is one of many recent articles featuring Trinity’s enrollment and student success programs and leadership.

In his essay, Why do U.S. News rankings punish test-optional colleges?, Rosen discussed the positive results he has seen since Trinity’s decision in fall 2015 to no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores for students applying for undergraduate admission. He wrote, “…when I talk with colleagues around campus, I hear the same story over and over—that their first-years and sophomores are intellectually engaged, creative, openminded, motivated, and respectful of their peers in numbers that those colleagues haven’t seen in years, if ever.”

The support that Trinity is providing for first-generation students is the subject of a Hartford Courant article: Trinity Initiative Helps Students Who Are the First to Go to College in Their Families. Accompanying the article are two brief videos that the Courant filmed on campus, which feature Dean of Student Success and Career Development Jennifer Baszile.

Additionally, following a presentation earlier in October at King’s Academy in Jordan by Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel Pérez, an article recapping Pérez’s talk was published on the school’s website: Pérez: “There is no better time than now to be educated in the liberal arts.”

The King’s Academy article reads, in part: “Liberal arts colleges teach the study of human nature, society, belief systems, adaptability to change, innovation and ethics; all things today’s students will need throughout their life,” said Pérez, discussing some of the ways that liberal arts colleges and universities prepare students, such as through internships and “purposeful” work programs that help students identify what they are passionate about and what they want to do in the future.

Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School historian and author, most recently of Forged In Crisis, spoke on WGBH Boston Public Radio about changing college enrollment standards and mentioned Trinity as a model for admissions practices, referencing Pérez’s  interview in Eric Hoovers New York Times article, What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything). One of the radio show’s hosts, Margery Eagan P’16, is a Trinity parent. 

Pérez also spoke recently with Teen Vogue about why some colleges are putting less emphasis on standardized test scores. In the article, Test-Optional Colleges: Everything You Should Know, Perez said, in part, Many schools are going test optional because it provides students a more flexible way to demonstrate that they are prepared for a rigorous college level curriculum.” At Trinity, more than half of the current first-year students did not submit scores.

Below is a new Trinity video, “Building Trinity’s Future,” about the college’s admissions efforts and policy changes, and results to date.