The numbers are in for our winter semester enrollment, and the results are reasonably positive. We have 9,729 human souls taking classes this term. The number of total credit hours declined by just 1.64 percent; this is better than our budget projections. The number of returning undergraduates was strong, suggesting our enhanced retention efforts may be bearing fruit. There was encouraging news on the graduate student front, too. International enrollment was a particular bright spot, as we have 631 students – a record for winter semester – from 33 different countries taking classes this term.
We should know more about the governor’s budget proposal in early February. We hope this will be a better year in regards to both our state appropriation and securing the release of funds to renovate Wickes Hall.
The harsh weather we have experienced this winter has caused delays for some of our capital projects, most notably the new field house addition to the Ryder Center. We remain hopeful that the facility will be completed by this May.
We remain on track in advance of our upcoming April visit from members of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation team. Final edits are being made to our self-study, which will be submitted on Monday, Feb. 10. My continued thanks to everyone who is taking part in this very important undertaking.
Congratulations to our colleagues in the College of Business and Management who recently received word that their accreditation by AACSB International has been reaffirmed. This is a valuable mark of distinction for the College and our University.
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