October 2, 2009

Vassar Blogs In NY Times (But Not This One)

An article in today's New York Times examines how colleges are embracing student blogs as a tool for prospective students. The article focuses on M.I.T., which pays its bloggers, but Vassar gets a brief mention:

"Dozens of colleges — including Amherst, Bates, Carleton, Colby, Vassar, Wellesley and Yale — are embracing student blogs on their Web sites, seeing them as a powerful marketing tool for high school students, who these days are less interested in official messages and statistics than in first-hand narratives and direct interaction with current students."

Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention independent school blogs like Mads, Skidmore Unofficial and Wesleying, which are also read by prospective students.

Since we started our blog in September 2007, Vassar Admissions, Vassar Athletics, and most recently the Miscellany News, have all added student blogs. As far as we know, the admissions blogs, which are most directly aimed at prospective students, date back to 2008.

10.2.09 1:53pm

5 comments:

Meg said...

Just wanted to throw out there, since you brought up the "who blogged first at Vassar" topic, I have a blog that I started in Sept 2006. It wasn't the first at VC, though.
http://gisatvassar.blogspot.com/

I hear that Vassar is actually going to come out with their own installation of WordPress right soon. Yet to be determined if students will get a blog of their own on that install, though.

Blogthropologist said...

What about http://blogthro.blogdpot.com !!! it's my favorite Vassar blog!

Blogthropologist said...

ok... nice job mitchell, http://blogthro.blogspot.com

THAT is the best Vassar blog (Aside from mads blah blah blah)

Respire said...

@Meg

The VSA has a Wordpress MU (multi-user) installed for orgs to use at the moment. But, as you said, no word on whether individual students will get a piece of the action.

Lizy said...

Not to self promote, but I write for my family's blog.
campuscomments.wordpress.com.
It's a blog about higher education.