Forms: Getting Started
The first thing to remember when planning your form is that they can get long and tedious to the person who is filling in the information. Forms are everywhere on the web, people are constantly asking for information. So, to make a good impression on a prospective student who is thinking about your program, ask them for only the most necessary information.
Your next step is to plan out what you want on your form.
(It is preferable for you to type it up in Microsoft Word.)
Examples of what is necessary or allowable?
- E-mail - if you'd like to contact them via e-mail
- Phone Number - if you'd like to contact them via phone
- Address - especially if they want you to send them more information
- High School
- Graduation Year
- SAT or ACT scores
- Previous Colleges Attended
- A Comments or Additional Interests box
- Gender - in some instances
Examples of what is not necessary or allowed?
- Social Security Numbers or Student ID numbers - despite how alluring it is to have this information, it is considered a security risk and is not allowed
- Gender - in some cases it is not advisable to ask the gender since it might be construed as a bias
If there is something you want to include on your form but you are unsure about it, please contact the web administrator. The web administrator will find out if the information you are wanting to gather is ethically sound and will respond back to you regarding that information.
I have my questions, now what?
Send the the following to the web administrator via e-mail:
- the Microsoft Word document with the information you wish to gather
- the e-mail address you want your form automatically sent to
- Optional - if you want more than one person to receive the results of your form, please include their name and e-mail address
- Optional - any special message you want the student to receive after submitting the form