WisrConnect is a platform that engages prospective students and parents to provide application resources, answer questions, and represent your institution throughout the admissions process.Staff, faculty, alumni, and current students who join select from a configurable set of volunteer items, such as:
- Advising prospective students
- Answering questions for prospective parents
- Conducting alumni interviews
- Hosting recruitment events
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Configurable goals and volunteer itemsVolunteer advisors select from a customizable list of things they are interested in doing to help prospectives learn about life at (and after) your institution. Collecting this information helps prospectives find the exact type of support they need to make an informed decision.
Personalized dashboard with next steps and member recommendationsEvery prospective has a personalized dashboard with suggested next steps and recommended alumni connections. Next steps are personalized based on each member’s goals and offer tips on how to get the most out of the network. Recommended members are calculated based on factors like career goals, academic interests, and anticipated major. Together, next steps and recommended members ensure that everyone who joins the network knows exactly how to find answers to their questions.
Flexible search filtersA powerful search tool makes it easy to zero in on the right mentors. Prospectives can filter by criteria like undergraduate major, current employer, job title, city of residence, and volunteer items. For example, a prospective looking to pursue a career in business could isolate recent graduates who studied econ and are willing to discuss the most impactful classes they took as an undergrad.
Call scheduling with template-style agendasThe network bulldozes the common barriers that prevent prospectives from reaching out for advice. Supplementing an easy to use chat feature, the built-in call scheduler makes it easy to plan a conversation. Prospectives choose from a configurable list of reasons for reaching out, and the network automatically creates an introductory message template. They simply personalize a few lines of text and are ready to go with a well-written, professional call request.
Industry exploration toolProspectives have an easy way to find advisors in any industry. The visual industry explorer allows members to view experts in broad industries — like business and technology — or zoom in on narrower fields — like management consulting and computer engineering.
Communities to connect members with similar interests or affinitiesMember-created communities provide an easy way to connect prospectives with alumni who have shared interests, identities, or backgrounds. Some common real-life examples of communities include Future Entrepreneurs, First-Generation Students, and Charity & Non-Profit Professionals.
Mediated, forum-style discussions to support important conversationsMany prospectives will have similar questions, so not all conversations on the network should be one-on-one. Forum-style discussions allow all members to collectively discuss questions and offer advice. Where should first-year students live on campus? What kind of meal plan makes the most sense? What are the most impactful classes? Help prospectives find the answers they need in a mediated environment.
Events to help prospectives explore campus in personThis tool allows administrators and alumni to share events with prospectives who might be interested. Events within communities can be related to the goal of the community or recent discussions. For example, an administrator could create an event focused on discussing resources for underserved students and share it in the First-Generation Students community.
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Case studies at partner institutions
University of Chicago
The challengeUnderserved applicants like first-gen and low-income students face more barriers than peers during admissions. On top of the usual stress of applications, these students must overcome challenges like little parental guidance, financial burdens associated with application fees, and balancing applications with jobs. Helpful resources exist, but UChicago wanted to make sure the students who needed them could find them.
How Wisr helpedUChicago used WisrConnect to facilitate Empower, a program to match students in certain affinity groups with alumni mentors from similar backgrounds. The program is open to first-gens, low-income applicants, underrepresented students of color, students from rural high schools, and veterans. Having faced and overcome similar barriers, the alumni mentors are perfectly prepared to walk students through similar challenges. Beyond mentorship, the program provides communities where applicants of similar backgrounds can talk one-on-one or join forum-style Q&A discussions.
The challengeTours for prospective students and parents have become formulaic, and the traditional walkthroughs of libraries, dining halls, and classrooms are no longer enough to make a school stand out. Benedictine University wanted a way to differentiate themselves, especially to parents who are focused on job opportunities for their child after graduation.
How Wisr helpedAll tour guides and admissions event coordinators at Benedictine are now trained to highlight WisrConnect to prospective students and parents. Showing off the platform demonstrates the value of a Benedictine degree by highlighting the powerful network students have access to and the exciting jobs help by graduates.
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White glove launch support and trainingThe Wisr team has years of experience in higher education with over 30 successful network launches and 100% partner retention. You will be welcomed to a powerful community of peer institutions and resources that goes far beyond simple setup and support.
30+ partner institutionsWith over 30 successful implementations under our belts, we have developed a set of best practices to make sure your network becomes the go-to destination for networking and mentorship.
100% partner retentionThe results speak for themselves. No partner has ever discontinued their Wisr network or switched over to a different vendor.
45K+ active membersOur job isn't over when your network is set up. We work with you every step of the way to make sure constituents on your campus are adopting the platform.
On-demand marketing supportWe provide all partners with a marketing schedule guide, a dedicated account manager, and configurable engagement dashboards.
Extensive resource libraryTo make sure you get the most out of the network we give you a library of webinars, access to a community of hundreds of peer administrators, and a set of sample marketing assets.
In-person training eventsJoin us for free in-person summits run throughout the country for professional development and refining your on-campus strategy.
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