President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has appointed Richard W. Bischoff as Case Western University's new Vice President for Enrollment Management, effective November 1. Bischoff comes to the university from the California Institute of Technology, where he has served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the past five years.
"Our enrollment team has made remarkable progress over the past two years," Snyder said. "Rick Bischoff's record of achievements gives us confidence that he is a leader who can build on that momentum."
Bischoff will succeed Randall C. Deike, who accepted the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at New York University earlier this summer after two years at Case Western Reserve. In that time, incoming students' average SAT climbed 28 points, to 1329. In the past year alone, the number of international students tripled, and the proportion of out-of-state students climbed by 13 points, to 63 percent. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admission completed a move from Tomlinson Hall to the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Hall.
"I was impressed by the enthusiasm and collegiality I saw across the university when I visited this summer," Bischoff said. "Case Western Reserve is clearly moving forward on many fronts, and I look forward to contributing to its success."
During his time at Caltech, applications overall increased by more than 60 percent. Applications from women climbed by two-thirds, and those from African-Americans and Latinos each more than doubled. In terms of enrollment, the proportion of women in the class climbed from 28 to 42 percent, while the proportion of underrepresented minorities increased from 7 to 14 percent.
Before going to Caltech, Rick spent seven years at the University of Chicago. In his last three years he served as Director of Recruitment Strategy/Associate Director of Admissions. While in that position, he functioned as the primary liaison between admissions and financial aid, and also designed a merit scholarship program that doubled the yield on the university's most desired admitted students. Rick himself is a graduate of Macalester College in Minnesota, and spent seven years working in its admissions office after earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics and political science. He also holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
"Rick has extensive knowledge of all aspects of enrollment management," Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III said, "but just as important is his commitment to an inclusive leadership approach. Broad engagement of faculty and staff is key to continuing our advances in admissions—and across the university."
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