Peace Bransberger, Senior Research Analyst, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)
Barbara Eghan, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, Georgetown Day School (DC)
Private school enrollments declined almost 20% between 2000 and 2011, nationally, and strong enrollment shifts during the Great Recession amplified these trends, leading to projections that the nation might see a rapid reduction in the number of graduates from private schools. Enrollment has stabilized since the recession so the future is less dire than predicted. But, private schools must be alert to the potential looming enrollment contraction that is predicted by swift diversification and reductions in number of U.S. youth--trends that are well underway now and are predicted through at least the mid-2030s. Peace Bransberger (WICHE) and Barbara Eagan (Georgetown Day School) will discuss how to respond to these shifts with data, culturally appropriate admissions practices and key constituencies.
About Peace Bransberger
As senior research analyst for WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit, Peace leads the production and analysis of WICHE’s quadrennial projections of high school graduates (Knocking at the College Door), WICHE’s annual data products such as Tuition & Fees in the West and Benchmarks of access and success, and data analysis and products for the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange and state and institutional financing and financial aid research. Prior to joining WICHE, Peace provided evaluation and program improvement services as a senior researcher with the Aspen Institute and as an independent consultant in the areas of workforce development, job training and postsecondary education for under-prepared, nontraditional and adult students. Prior to that, Peace managed federal program evaluations at Westat and another private evaluation firm in Washington, DC. Peace is a licensed adult educator, and taught at an adult charter school and community college in the Washington, DC area. She earned her master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC and her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
About Barbara Eghan
Barbara Eghan has served as Director of Enrollment Management at Georgetown Day School since July 2014. Since that time, she has focused on expanding GDS's admissions outreach efforts, overseeing the development of essential ambassador programs, fully digitizing admissions office operations, and tending each of the pillars of effective enrollment management by enhancing crucial working partnerships across the school. Barbara works in conjunction with GDS's board of trustees to identify strategies for ensuring long-term enrollment and financial sustainability while continuing to create additional funding for access and inclusion.
Outside of her commitments to GDS, Barbara currently serves as co-chair of the Admissions Advisory Committee of the Association of Independent Schools in Greater Washington (AISGW). Previously, she has served as the Associate Director of Admission at Groton School (MA) and Director of Community Outreach at Polytechnic School (CA). In those other capacities, she also gained experience as a student advisor, coach, and classroom teacher of English. In addition, Barbara served for two years on the board of trustees for Oak Meadow School (MA). She received her A.B. in history and literature from Harvard University and her Ed.M., with a concentration in school leadership, from Harvard Graduate School of Education.