Removing Barriers: How the University of St. Thomas Increases Access & Engages Unresponsive Prospects

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Featured Guests:

  • Ryan Konkright
    Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas

Whether you are exceeding your enrollment goals, or tracking behind this recruitment cycle, there is still time to move additional students to enroll.

Watch the 30-minute webinar with Ardeo and the University of St. Thomas to learn how they use a student loan safety net to increase access and re-engage unresponsive prospects.

Watch the webinar to:

  • Learn how LRAPs can help you move unresponsive students “stuck” in your funnel to enroll and improve access to your institution.
  • Hear directly from Ryan Konkright, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UST, about why they decided to implement LRAPs and how they have made a difference in the lives of their students.
  • Get a quick overview of LRAPs and explore how other institutions incorporate this tool into their recruitment strategy. 

LRAPs provide students with this powerful promise: If income after graduation is modest, LRAPs will help them repay their federal student, private alternative and parent PLUS loans.  

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Ryan Konkright
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas

Ryan Konkright joined the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions in January 2020. He had previously served as Director of Undergraduate Admission at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where he led the enrollment efforts for the university’s undergraduate freshman, transfer and international student populations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and Master of Arts in Organizational Communication both from St. Mary’s in 2008 and 2015 respectively.

Drew Melendres, MBA
Chief Client Service Officer, Ardeo Education Solutions

Drew has served in administrative leadership roles both within universities and higher education businesses. Prior to coming to Ardeo, he served as the SVP of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Athletics at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Before St. Kate’s, he served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Collegis Education where the company experienced significant partner and revenue growth. Drew has built a successful career helping campuses strategically manage and grow their enrollment as a consultant with Noel-Levitz and as an enrollment management professional at medium and large public universities. Drew earned a BA from The University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

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