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Summer Fellows Lab

Each year, the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools invites a small cohort of institutional research practitioners to join its Summer Fellows Lab around a specific topic area selected by CIRIS. Participants join the cohort with a concrete project plan and work collaboratively to complete their projects over the course of several months.

In the spring, cohort members identify goals for that year, consult with each other for advice, and compile the data sets necessary to advance the project. In late June, all cohort members gather for a three-day work session hosted by Maret School in Washington, DC. The Center will cover travel and hotel expenses for Fellows to come to Washington, DC and each Fellow will also receive a stipend of $1000 from the Center.

Program Goals

The work session has two complementary objectives: 

  • To help institutional research practitioners in independent schools build the technical capacities required to pursue research questions; and
  • To carve out intensive work periods during which participants can actually execute the nuts-and-bolts tasks necessary to turn their data sets into functional models alongside peers with relevant and constructive experience.

Following the summer session, cohort members will be in contact virtually as they implement their work and determine next steps in the fall and winter.

2022 Topic: Admissions, Strategic Marketing, and Enrollment Management

This year, CIRIS will be supporting a cohort of researchers pursuing projects on the following example themes:  

  • Identifying new sources of potential applicants through geographic or psychographic analysis
  • Evaluating communications effectiveness through the lens of market segmentation
  • Developing descriptive or predictive models of your school's admissions funnel
  • Analyzing attrition patterns
  • Connecting admissions information to long term measures of student success at your school to inform future admissions decisions
  • Creating probabilistic enrollment models to predict attrition and aid in long term budgeting

Application Deadline: March 4th, 2022

Following the summer session, cohort members will be in contact virtually as they implement their work and determine next steps in the fall and winter.