Dear College Official,

 

We are once again writing to request your help in updating your school’s profile in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

By completing the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2023 institutional questionnaire, providing comments on your school’s write-up, and enlisting students to complete the student questionnaire, you are ensuring that we have the most up-to-date and accurate information for your school.

We understand that this past year has been unlike any other, but we encourage you to take full advantage of this important opportunity to update your school’s information by completing your institutional questionnaire and write-up feedback in their entirety, as well as recruiting students for the student questionnaire. Your participation and feedback are critical to keeping your school’s profile fresh, timely, and accurate.

We are also mindful that, amid these transformative times for higher education, our obligations to both our readers and the colleges described in the Fiske Guide are, if anything, greater than ever. As the country’s bestselling—and most respected—college guide, the Fiske Guide is well positioned to serve both readers and colleges, including your own. As such, we would like to call your attention to some noteworthy changes in the institutional questionnaire:

·       Beginning with the forthcoming 2022 edition of the Fiske Guide, which goes on sale this July, we are no longer reporting SAT and ACT score ranges. We have also removed questions asking for standardized test scores from this year’s 2023 institutional questionnaire. You can read more about our decision in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, or see our full press release here.

·       In light of the ongoing national reckoning with racism and racial inequity, we’ve added a new question asking what your institution is doing to combat the problem of systemic racism.

·       We’ve also added a question asking about permanent changes that your institution may have implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

·       We have temporarily removed questions on diversity and sexual assault to allow schools to spend more time answering the two new questions mentioned above.

Below, you will find more information about completing the requested materials for the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2023 by June 4, 2021.

A few things to remember:

  • When completing your institutional questionnaire, please use the data from your school’s 2020–2021 Common Data Set. We are offering you the option of emailing your 2020–2021 Common Data Set directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or including a link to it in the field provided at the bottom of the institutional questionnaire.
  • Please keep in mind that only certain questions pull data from your CDS, and we ask that you still complete the remaining portions of the questionnaire.
  • We also ask that you offer comments on your school’s most recent write-up. Write-ups are available to review now. When you are logged in, you can access the write-up by clicking the “Write-Up” button in the User Menu on the left-hand side of the homepage.
  • Don’t forget to invite 6 to 8 undergraduate students to complete the student questionnaires at https://fiske.sourcebookscollege.com/index.php/student-questionnaire. This year, we ask that you consider inviting juniors and seniors, who will have a better understanding of your school’s environment outside of the current pandemic. When you are logged in, you will see the Student Access Code displayed in the lower menu on the left-hand side of the home page; the Student Access Code is also provided to you by email.

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts in updating the information on your school. We look forward to receiving your institutional questionnaire, write-up comments, and student responses no later than June 4, 2021.

 

Sincerely, 

Edward B. Fiske

Editor, Fiske Guide to Colleges