The Admission Committee—Mission-Focused Decision Making

Status: RECORDED on NOV 18, 2015
Certification Credits: 1 IACP

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Peak admission season is upon you. Applications and supporting documentation are in; students have visited; and the relevant, age-appropriate testing of applicants is complete. Now you face the daunting task of admission decision making. Who should serve on the admission committee? Who should schedule and lead the meetings? How often should you meet? What do you do when there are more mission-appropriate applicants than available seats? What do you do when you have more seats than you have qualified, mission-appropriate applicants? What’s the difference between a wait list and a wait pool? How do you quell the resistant rumblings from teachers that the school is accepting students we shouldn’t be accepting? These are the things that keep admission directors up at night. Learn how to push through the “noise” to design and lead an admission decision-making process that honors and advances the mission of your school.

Join us as we explore strategies that empower your admission committee to evaluate applicants through the lens of your school’s Mission and Portrait of the Graduate. Learn how to identify, accept, and offer enrollment to those students most likely to benefit from enrollment at your school—and those who demonstrate the greatest likelihood of adding to the mission experience of students already enrolled.

You’ll Cover These Topics:

  • Who should serve on the admission committee?
  • What role does the admission director play in the admission decision-making process?
  • What’s the difference between a wait list and a wait pool?
  • What role should faculty play in evaluating applicants?
  • How can we be certain we’re accepting mission-appropriate applicants?
  • What is the best way to ensure a unified, mission-focused decision-making process?

Run time: 60 minutes total. Webinars typically run 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A time.

Who Should Attend: Admission Directors, Division Heads/Principals, lead teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, and School Heads will benefit from this session.

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Amy P. Riley, Ed.S., IAP-L

ISM Consultant | Director of Online Learning


Amy Riley has been a member of the ISM team since 2011, when she joined the faculty of ISM’s Advancement Academy. In 2013, she joined ISM as a full-time Consultant. She served as Academic Dean of ISM’s International Advancement Certification Program from 2014–2017 and holds Leader (IAP–L) level certification in the program. In 2018, Amy became the Director of ISM’s Online Learning program.

Current Role

Amy's responsibilities at ISM continue to focus on the advancement sector and include:

  • ongoing coaching in the areas of admission, enrollment management, marketing communications, constituent relations, customer/client service, and school culture;
  • writing for ISM’s advisory letter Ideas & Perspectives, distributed to school leaders in almost 1,000 schools;
  • leading marketing and enrollment management workshops and webinars; and
  • offering ISM content, quick tips, and tools via LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

Prior Experience

Amy has served educational institutions for more than 15 years. She spent five years at The Heritage School, GA, a private-independent PK4–12 school, working in all aspects of advancement—admission, marketing communications, and development. Previously, she served as an educator at the public secondary and post-secondary levels.

Amy has led workshops on behalf of CASE-NAIS, FCIS, NCAIS, AMS, ACIS, EMA, and AISGW.

She holds a number of K-12 education credentials:

  • Educational leadership and secondary English education certification, with gifted education endorsement
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) High School Journalism Institute Fellow


Amy earned an Ed.S in educational leadership, a master’s degree in English, and grades 6-12 teaching certification at the University of West Georgia. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University, AL.

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