Fall 2011 |
High school students and college admissions representatives have their own name for
fall… college fair season. Depending on the college, reps travel far and wide
to fairs held at various high schools, community centers and other institutions across
the state of Nebraska between August and November.
High school students look forward to visiting with their favorites and learning
about colleges that might not have been on their radar prior to the event… as
well as picking up a free pen or two. Although the professionals sent to represent
their colleges are full of great information, sometimes the administrative task of
filling out student interest cards (which include name, address, phone number,
intended major, etc.) can get in the way of the student and the rep having a
Enter the College Fair Automation barcode and scanner system, a method to speed up
the exchange of information between students and colleges.
Prior to attending a college fair or Educational Planning Program, students will be
encouraged to complete an online registration form that will capture their demographic
information. Then they will print off a personal barcode to take to the events.
College representatives will be equipped with a small, pocket-sized scanner that reads
the bar code and enters the student's information quickly, leaving enough time to talk
about the things that matter most.
This helps both parties in a variety of ways. Sometimes, no matter how hard you
try, reading the writing (or trying to write!) in the small spaces provided on
interest cards may prove to be difficult, resulting in data entry errors. With the
automated system, the information is given to the college exactly as the student
enters it online. The scanners also keep traffic moving and let the conversation flow
about financial aid, location, student life and athletics.
This process has been used around the country and will make its Nebraska debut this
fall at 29 different college fairs around the state. If your high school student is
interested, check with a guidance counselor about registering his/her information and
getting a personal barcode. Happy college fair season!
For more information on the program, visit www.gotocollegefairs.com or contact the Omaha office of
EducationQuest at (402) 357-6300.