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Recruitment and Selection - Campus Examples

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Recruitment and Selection 

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Campus Examples


Bonner Recruitment Media

One of the most important pieces of Bonner program recruitment and selection is accurate and widespread portrayal of Bonner in admissions printed media. Below, you will find examples of Bonner brochures, handouts, flyers, and booklets that are used to recruit committed Bonners.



Bonner Applications

Bonner applications represent the first impression of an applicant and should be designed to give you the most pertinent information as concisely and effectively as possible. Below, you will find examples of Bonner applications from campuses in the Bonner network.



Bonner Interviews

The interview process is ordinarily the last step in the application process and can help your recruitment and selection team discern more nuanced aspects of potential applicants, such as willingness to learn, ethic of service, and commitment to the program. Below, you will find examples of interview questions that Bonner programs use to try and discern the best applicants for their program.




Selection Rubrics


  • Berry CollegeThe following categories are used by Berry College after their interviews to rank candidates on a five point scale (1 = least to 5 = most), with room for comments:
    • Community Service Experience
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership Potential
    • Communication Skills
    • Depth of Thought
    • Values/Fit with Bonner Program.


          They also ask for written comments on each candidate's:

    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Overall impression given



  • University of Richmond: The following document includes rubrics for three short essays that applicants submit as part of the application. The team members participate in a brief norming session to ensure that there is a common understanding of the rubric. Then each application is reviewed by two evaluators in an effort to minimize bias.



Have a Great and Accurate Web Presence


Today, many campuses rely on their online presence for recruiting. Many potential students check out colleges and universities on the web. Even parents spend more time doing so. Hence, it can be really important to work with your institution to ensure that your webpages are current, appealing and comprehensive. 


For Bonner Programs, ensuring that students understand that the Bonner Program isn't just a check or scholarship, it's a robust four-year commitment is critical. For Bonner Scholars, who generally receive a large financial aid package and must qualify according to financial (income-based/EFC) guidelines, having this information can also be helpful. Check out how Guilford College describes the Bonner Scholars Program, with qualifications, descriptions of each year's experience and the developmental model, and financial assistance. Visit the live page to click on the drop down pages. 



Use Text and Videos that Speak to Students


College of CharlestonMany programs take and modify text from the website and wiki to use on their webpages - and that is great! Some even include links to the Foundation and Wiki pages, as well as other social media, giving students a sense that they are part of a national effort. Look how the College of Charleston, a Leader Program, describes what Being a Bonner Means, how to become a Bonner, and uses catchy videos. Check them out here.


Montclair State UniversityMontclair State, like many schools, uses an online application process. During recruitment season, a link is put on the webpage. Like many applications, it includes short answer questions as well as basic contact and other student information. Many programs develop questions that build on the Common Commitments, hence asking students not only about their interest in or experience with service, but also about work ethic, other relevant family experiences, capacity for leadership, diversity issues, and thoughts about social justice. Contact information to the program director, like on Montclair's page, can be helpful to interested students.