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Welcome to our latest Pulse Check - Personalizing Prospective Student Journeys, hosted by Mallory Willsea

In Part 3 of this series, Setting Students Up for Success, Dustin Ramsdell, Community Engagement Lead at Pathify, joins Mallory Willsea to discuss strategies for setting students up for success after they have committed to enroll. They delve into the responsibilities of institutions in preparing students, the significance of effective orientation programs, and the use of digital platforms to streamline the post-admission process. The conversation highlights the importance of personalized, high-tech support to ensure a seamless transition for students, especially those from first-generation backgrounds.

Key Takeaways:

  • Importance of orientation and post-admission support for new students.
  • Role of digital platforms in simplifying post-enrollment procedures.
  • Strategies for engaging and preparing students for their college journey.
  • Emphasizing the need for personalized support for first-generation students.
  • Discussion on the role of institutions in breaking down silos to foster better student experiences.

This Pulse Check miniseries has been brought to you by Pathify. Gone are the days of clunky interfaces, disjointed systems, and massive (unhelpful) link farms. Centralize all your systems with Pathify so that students see the information that matters to them in a digital experience that actually makes sense. From prospective students through alumni, it’s about time the student experience started looking and acting like a consumer app from this century. Visit for more. 

About The Enrollify Podcast Network: The Higher Ed Pulse is a part of the Enrollify Podcast Network. If you like this podcast, chances are you’ll like other Enrollify shows too!  

Some of our favorites include Generation AI and Confessions of a Higher Education Social Media Manager.

Enrollify is made possible by Element451 —  the next-generation AI student engagement platform helping institutions create meaningful and personalized interactions with students. Learn more at

Connect with Us at the Engage Summit: Exciting news — Mallory and Dustin will be at the 2024 Engage Summit in Raleigh, NC, on June 25 and 26, and we’d love to meet you there! Sessions will focus on cutting-edge AI applications that are reshaping student outreach, enhancing staff productivity, and offering deep insights into ROI. 

Use the discount code Enrollify50 at checkout, and you can register for just $99! This early bird pricing lasts until March 31. 

Learn more and register at — we can’t wait to see you there!

About the Podcast

Mallory Willsea


Mallory Willsea

Mallory Willsea serves as VP of Marketing at Element451 — the next generation AI student engagement platform helping institutions create meaningful, personalized, and engaging interactions with students. Her insights on best practices and new trends are informed by her sector research and more than 15 years of experience. Mallory has held executive leadership roles in ed tech and at agencies spanning customer success, marketing, and business development. Her superpower is building media brands to reach, educate, and inspire forward-thinking higher education leaders.

Dustin Ramsdell


Dustin Ramsdell

Dustin Ramsdell is a Higher EdTech content creator and influencer who aims to drive meaningful conversations with top leaders in the field. His show, The Higher Ed Geek Podcast, explores all the nuances of higher education, with a focus on innovative technology and practices from his fellow professionals. Dustin also currently works as the Community Engagement Lead at Pathify. He loves craft beer, good pizza, and sustainability. Dustin lives happily in Delaware with his wife, Jenn, their daughter, Ellie.

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