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Ruffalo Noel Levitz to Host Strategic Enrollment Planning Forum for College and University Executives

November 2, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, will outline strategies for creating a high-impact, data-driven strategic enrollment plan at a day-and-a-half forum, Dec. 5-6, in Boston. The Strategic Enrollment Planning Executive Forum will be presented by Lewis Sanborne, vice president and editor of Strategic Enrollment Planning: A Dynamic Collaboration; Kevin Crockett, Ruffalo Noel Levitz senior executive; senior vice presidents Gary Fretwell and Sarah Coen; and Michael Williams, senior executive. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz to Host Summit Focused on Innovations in Enrollment Management

October 23, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, will outline key strategies for enrollment leadership at a day-and-a-half summit, November 28-29, in Las Vegas. “Will You Succeed in a New Competitive Environment? An Enrollment Management Leadership Summit” will share fresh insights to engage diverse populations, succeed in a more competitive environment, and embrace a new paradigm of recruitment marketing. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Appoints Brett Frazier as Chief Customer Officer

October 24, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, has announced the selection of Brett Frazier as chief customer officer. In this role, Frazier will oversee all aspects of account management and sales for the organization that serves more than 1,900 campuses and nonprofits each year and has generated more than $1 billion in philanthropic commitments for clients in its history. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Releases Report on Digital Fundraising and Millennial Donor Engagement

October 17, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, released today a report examining the use of emerging digital tactics for engaging Millennial donors. Key findings from the report indicate higher education fundraisers are rarely deploying coordinated and personalized outreach to young alumni, often excluding them from donor surveys and campaigns. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Study Rates Top Student Success Practices Employed by Colleges and Universities

September 27, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, released today the findings of a summer 2017 poll of campus leaders on the practices that impact student success, retention, and college completion. The research report, Effective Practices for Student Success, Retention, and Completion, provides effectiveness ratings for 28 tactics, 30 management practices, and 13 population-specific programs. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Releases Benchmarks From 4,200 Crowdfunding Projects Totaling $22.5M

September 22, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, leading provider of higher education enrollment management, student success, and fundraising solutions, released today the RNL Crowdfunding Index 2017. The report is the first comprehensive analysis of fundraising via this increasingly popular channel and benchmarks the outcomes of 4,200 crowdfunding projects conducted through the RNL Crowdfunding platform. More ...

RNL Study Provides Insights About the Role of High School Counselors in the College Planning Process

September 13, 2017—What do high school counselors want from colleges today as they support students during the college search process? How can colleges increase referrals from counselors? A study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz and High School Counselor Marketing explores these questions, based on a national survey of high school counselors representing 1,312 public and private high schools. The resulting buzz sheet, 6 Facts About Growing Enrollment Referrals From High School Counselors, provides insights to help colleges and universities connect with counselors and support their role in the college planning process. More ...

8 Surprising College Enrollment Marketing Insights Uncovered in Annual E-Expectations Research

July 26, 2017—College-bound high school students are embracing a wider range of online tools as they search for and engage with colleges and universities, according to the 2017 E-Expectations study. The annual research project is part of a collaborative partnership between Ruffalo Noel Levitz, NRCCUA, CollegeWeekLive, and OmniUpdate (market leaders in enrollment solutions, planning, student engagement, and web content management solutions, respectively). Findings from the 2017 E-Expectations study were released at the National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, convened by Ruffalo Noel Levitz July 26-28 in Denver. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz to Acquire Career Services Platform Purple Briefcase

July 19, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz today announced an expansion of its products and services to help institutions connect student success with career services. Through the acquisition of software-as-a-service firm Purple Briefcase, Ruffalo Noel Levitz is positioned to offer clients a more complete range of solutions focused on student success. Purple Briefcase works with more than 160 clients to engage students, career services offices, alumni, and employers. The cloud-based platform offers solutions for career services administration and employer recruiting, as well as student-facing tools for jobs, internships, and mentor networking.  More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Study Identifies Top College Marketing and Recruitment Practices

July 18, 2017What’s working in higher education marketing and student recruitment? How is today’s student outreach changing? How are best practices evolving? A new study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz explores these questions, based on a survey of enrollment officials at private and public four-year institutions. The resulting report, the 2017 Marketing and Student Recruitment Report of Effective Practices measures the effectiveness and usage of more than 40 strategies and tactics. More... 

Two-Time Award Winner Rejoins RNL to Assist Wilmington College Located in Ohio

July 14, 2017—Wilmington College has called upon Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) to increase the number and quality of students enrolling through the use of RNL’s Building Demand and Cultivating Applicants solutions. The college sees the partnership with RNL as a critical component in taking Wilmington College to the next level in its enrollment sophistication and success. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Announces 2017 Winners of Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Awards

July 6, 2017In an era of changing student demographics, fierce competition, and financial uncertainty, colleges and universities must find the right combination of strategy, research, data, and technology to meet their enrollment goals. Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in enrollment and fundraising management solutions, today honored three successful institutions as the firm unveiled the winners of its annual Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Awards.  More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Unveils NYS Enrollment Solutions

July 5, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the leading provider of technology-enabled services, software, and consulting for higher education enrollment and fundraising, today unveiled its proprietary solutions for private colleges and universities in the State of New York. RNL NYS Enrollment Solutions will provide a comprehensive suite of services to help NYS private institutions protect existing market share in New York State and reach new markets outside of the state to meet enrollment and completion goals in the new, more competitive environment. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Honors Innovative Student Success Programs

June 30, 2017—Hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost to colleges and universities each year when students leave campus without receiving a degree. Students miss out too—those who stay in school and earn a bachelor’s degree earn over 80 percent more, on average, than peers with only high school diplomas. Innovative, state-of-the-art campus student success programs encourage students to succeed and persevere through to graduation. Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in enrollment and fundraising management solutions, today honored three such programs as the firm unveiled its 29th annual Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Awards. More...

New Study From Ruffalo Noel Levitz Reveals Inefficiencies in Productivity Hinder Fundraising Goals

June 29, 2017—In an unprecedented study, 55 percent of major and planned gift officers say they’re not spending enough time talking to top prospects or booking critical big gifts. Key findings from a study of major and planned gift officers indicate traditional approaches to fundraising management fail to address the new challenges in higher education and increased demands on advancement professionals to be more productive. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Announces Digital Philanthropy Conference

June 1, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in enrollment and fundraising management solutions, will outline key strategies for building a modern, digital-powered fundraising program at the Digital Philanthropy and Millennial Engagement Conference.  The event will be held July 26-28 in Denver, Colorado. Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way and sportscaster for ABC and National Public Radio, will deliver the opening keynote address. More...

 Keynote Speakers Announced for RNL National Enrollment Management Conference

April 28, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in higher education enrollment and fundraising management solutions, today announced the keynote speakers for its 31st annual National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention. This enrollment management conference will be held July 26-28 in Denver, Colorado. The event serves enrollment managers, college admissions directors, college student affairs personnel, and other higher education professionals seeking to discover winning strategies for today’s challenges in higher education. More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Presents Strategic Enrollment Planning Forum

April 11, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized  leader in higher education enrollment and fundraising management solutions, will outline strategies for creating a high-impact, data-driven strategic enrollment plan at a day-and-a-half forum, April 26-27, in Chicago.  More ...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Announces Keynote Speakers for Symposium on Diverse Student Populations

 April 6, 2017—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in higher education enrollment and fundraising management solutions, has announced the keynote speakers and the full agenda for its annual Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Students. More ... 

Experienced Campus Innovators to Speak at Ruffalo Noel Levitz National Enrollment Management Conference

July 11, 2016—More than 1,600 campus professionals are registered to attend the 30th annual National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, convened by Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The enrollment management conference will be held July 26-28 in Dallas, TX. Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the recognized leader in higher education enrollment and fundraising management solutions. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Honors Innovative Enrollment Strategies; Three Universities Receive Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Awards

 June 29, 2016—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the leading provider of technology-enabled services, software, and consulting for higher education enrollment management and fundraising, has announced the winners of the 14th annual Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Awards. The awards recognize superior programs and strategies that have made an impact on campus student enrollment. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Announces 2016 Winners of Retention Excellence Awards

June 14, 2016—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the leading provider of technology-enabled services, software, and consulting for higher education enrollment management and fundraising, has announced the winners of the 2016 Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Awards. The awards recognize innovative campus retention programs that increase student success and completion. More...

New Report Reviews Emerging Trends in Higher Education Fundraising and Strategies to Increase Donor Engagement

May 19, 2016—There's a looming challenge for college fundraising: how to keep donations up when alumni participation is on a 20-year decline. A new senior executive analysis from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the leading firm for higher education fundraising management, looks at the current trends underpinning this challenge and the strategies that successful institutions are already using to counter donor decline. More... 

UC Santa Barbara Smashes Annual Online Giving Total in 1 Day With Ruffalo Noel Levitz Digital Fundraising Platform

April 29, 2016—The University of California, Santa Barbara enjoyed a historic outcome during the institution's first online giving day on April 8, 2016, raising almost $4 million. More... 

Ruffalo Noel Levitz study ranks 80 college marketing and recruitment practices

March 22, 2016—What’s working best in undergraduate student marketing and recruitment? A new study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz ranks the effectiveness and usage of more than 80 strategies and tactics, including specific approaches to event marketing, advertising, print communications, student search, digital marketing, internal operations, and much more. More...

2016 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report

March 8, 2016—What are the most important motivational barriers that keep college students from completing their degrees? A new study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz looks beyond standardized test scores and high school transcripts to explore a wider range of factors that influence completion including social attitudes and motivations; academic, financial, and personal concerns; the influence of students’ racial/ethnic backgrounds, age, and gender; students’ openness to receiving assistance from their college; and family support. More...

Ruffalo Noel Levitz announces new Giving Day Module on the Scalefunder Platform

February 29, 2016—Ruffalo Noel Levitz, the recognized leader in enrollment and fundraising management solutions, announced the launch of the Giving Day Module as a part of the Scalefunder Platform. By integrating seamlessly with the Crowdfunding Module, the Giving Day Module creates the best-in-class digital fundraising solution for higher education and nonprofit use and further solidifies Ruffalo Noel Levitz as the leading provider for all higher education digital fundraising. More...

Al Ruffalo receives the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Alumni Award

February 2, 2016—Ruffalo Noel Levitz Executive Chairman Albert Ruffalo has been named a 2016 recipient of the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. More...

2015 Student Retention and College Completion Practices Benchmark Report for Undergraduate Programs

July 30, 2015In response to the national call for raising completion and graduation rates in higher education, colleges and universities are deploying dozens of strategies, tactics, assessments, tools, and technologies. But which of these works best? And which assessment metrics are most helpful for understanding persistence vs. non-persistence? A new study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz rates the effectiveness of 93 specific approaches to 1) guide those who are developing new initiatives, and 2) provide benchmarks for those who want to compare the effectiveness of their existing retention program components. More...

Attitudes of Second-Year College Students Report

July 28, 2015In response to the growing call to increase college completion rates, many campus officials focus attention on first-year college students who are known to leave college at the highest rates. However, a new study from Ruffalo Noel Levitz unmasks the widespread assumption that second-year students have successfully transitioned to college. More...

2015 Adult Learner Marketing and Recruitment Practices Benchmark Report

July 14, 2015To help rein in the rising costs of education, increasing numbers of colleges and universities are turning to the adult, online, and graduate markets to provide alternative revenue, diversification, and growth. A new student provides research to guide these new developments as well as benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of existing adult learner programs. More...

New Name and New Leader for RuffaloCODY and Noel-Levitz

March 12, 2015—Recently merged RuffaloCODY and Noel-Levitz, together the leading provider of technology-enabled services, software, and consulting for higher education enrollment management and fundraising, made two significant announcements today. The firm revealed its new unified brand and name, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, and announced the appointment of Stephen J. Meyer as its new president and CEO, following news that Duane Jasper will be retiring from the company. More...

RuffaloCODY Announces Merger With Noel-Levitz:

Creates the premier provider of enrollment and fundraising solutions for colleges and universities

August 21, 2014—RuffaloCODY is pleased to announce the acquisition of Noel-Levitz, bringing together the two most influential leaders in the provision of enrollment and fundraising solutions for higher education. Combined, RuffaloCODY and Noel-Levitz offer colleges and universities unparalleled experience, data and insights, as well as proven solutions covering a student's lifelong relationship with an institution, from initial enrollment through student success and alumni loyalty. More...

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