President's Newsletter July 2015

Important Updates

Budget & Enrollment

Efforts to regain market share in the School of Graduate and Adult Education (SGAE) saw good progress in adult enrollment during 2014-2015, with the Reading, Philadelphia and Schuylkill locations meeting or exceeding goals for the spring and summer. However, underperformance in graduate education pulled down overall SGAE results leading to a modest shortfall (about 1.5%) against the annual revenue plan. Results from the launch of Alvernia Online degree programs were modest, as anticipated, as marketing of related programs continues to ramp up. Three additional programs are set to launch in August with optimism that we will soon see growing enrollments.

As of mid-July, we are on track to exceed our enrollment goal for new first-year students this fall, with positive gains also projected in quality and diversity. We are also seeing modest, but still positive, gains on transfer confirms. These very positive results are occurring despite a significant shortfall in applications. The major contributors to the increased size of the incoming class has been the exceptionally high student yield for occupational therapy and nursing areas, witness to the growing reputation each of these programs has established.

Retention rates for the freshmen, junior and senior classes are similar to last year but sophomores are somewhat behind in numbers. To ensure progress continues each week, the campus community has developed action steps to register more students and help those who are registered stay connected and engaged with the university throughout the rest of the summer, including new editions of Family Fusion and Crusader Connection newsletters.

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