WTF? with Directional school?

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Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:50 pm

Love to get people's opinions on the neat "Directional Schools" tag that seems to have come into vogue.

I guess like Northwestern (that's a direction)
University of Southern California
Southern Miss.
South Florida


Truman State and Missouri State are no longer "Directional Schools" one merely changes the name, "duh"

Once Western changes to Grant State University, well, we will be an entirely new classification of university. I mean that's pretty obvious.

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Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:57 am

If you are a private school, I don't think a directional label makes much difference. But if you are a public school, it makes all the difference in the world because chances are, prospective students will need a compass to find you after they have been turned down by the state flagship school. If that compass is not an app on their cell phone, they will probably never find you. Herein lies the real problem facing the directionals today. UIUC enrollment was around 35K when I was a WIU student in 1974. Now it is approaching 50K.

There is also some debate among the directionals these days on whether or not losing your distinction of being a great party school actually hurts enrollment. I tend to think it does. SIU was probably at the top the heap in that regard when I was in school. Now, they are not even on the radar. But guess who is there, according to the Princeton Review, Yep, UIUC is near the top in the nation.

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Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:21 am

sealhall74 wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:57 am
There is also some debate among the directionals these days on whether or not losing your distinction of being a great party school actually hurts enrollment. I tend to think it does. SIU was probably at the top the heap in that regard when I was in school. Now, they are not even on the radar. But guess who is there, according to the Princeton Review, Yep, UIUC is near the top in the nation.

You gotta be known for something or you will be forgotten for nothing. ;)
I don't know if it's the designation that makes a difference. I kinda feel like it's the reverse of that actually. Like...a school that has a lively, engaged, and happy student population is more likely to have people at sporting events, more easily able to attract students, and more likely to have some fun parties on the weekends. So, I think when WIU had a really well-known party scene, it was because we were doing well, morale was high, and people were enjoying themselves.
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Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:12 pm

Bring "The Pit" back!

Things were raucous back in the late 90s early 00s.
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:23 am

From my experience the term "directional school" is considered to be derogatory and at least, snobby in most social circles I have been exposed to. In order words, you had to "settle" for a directional school for your post secondary education...

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Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 am

Bring "The Pit" back!

Things were raucous back in the late 90s early 00s.
When we were tailgating in The Pit, the consensus at the time (in my circles) was that it was too crowded and small. We would have loved to tailgate in Q Lot.
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Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:18 am

beauspencer wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 am
Bring "The Pit" back!

Things were raucous back in the late 90s early 00s.
When we were tailgating in The Pit, the consensus at the time (in my circles) was that it was too crowded and small. We would have loved to tailgate in Q Lot.
Also, something about the enclosed area sometimes made things a bit too rowdy. The band used to march through the pit to the field when people tailgated in the pit and frequently we would get stuff thrown at us...beer cans mostly. Q-Lot makes for a much nicer tailgate environment, allows them to do things like the BBQ competition, bands, etc. and still have plenty of room for all the tailgaters.
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Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:28 am

Actually toward the end the "Pit" was an unmitigated bastion of very tightly packed obnoxious drunks. Anybody gonna tell me otherwise?

So, Regional school is a thing. Missouri State is classified as a Regional School. Western is a Regional School.

When someone makes a comment about this or that "directional school" it is not meant to be complimentary. It's pejorative in context.

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