Presidents Newsletter November 2011

Enrollment Update

The profile of this year’s first-year class of 2015 is impressive indeed. The academic credentials of our 500 freshmen and transfer students are the most impressive in our history, and their backgrounds make it our most culturally and geographically diverse class. 

Admissions counselors hit the road in September and have begun to recruit the class of 2016. So far, applications are trending ahead of last year, and campus visitors have surged to an all-time high. With the introduction of our new virtual campus tours and Net Price Calculator, we expect this trend to continue as we work to enroll our largest-ever freshman class. 

A new bilingual service has launched for prospective and current students called Financial Aid TV. Through the service students can view videos that explain important components of the financial aid process. We hope this tool will improve service and financial aid literacy for our students and families.

The undergraduate admissions area has a new Web home page for prospective students. Our new viewbook is also getting rave reviews. 

The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is experiencing a decline in enrollment and credit generation this fall. The decline is in all three sectors: Continuing Studies, Graduate, and PhD. With the recent approval of all our teacher education programs and an interim leadership team in place, we ask everyone to support renewed efforts to help strengthen the quality of our programs and student services. The School’s staff and interim leadership team, in conjunction with key faculty, are implementing initiatives to increase credit-hour generation for the remaining Mods this academic year at all three sites and to explore cost savings opportunities that will help offset the financial shortfall.

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