Encouraging enrollment signs!
By THOMAS L. KEON
Have you noticed?
There have been some encouraging enrollment management developments of late.
Successful View Purdue Calumet program
More than 500 prospective students, family members and others attended our View Purdue Calumet open house and visitation program last Saturday (11/16). The audience may have been the largest to attend a View Purdue Calumet program.
Lots of planning and hard work by our enrollment management staff offices, faculty, staff members and, yes, students, too, went into the morning program. View Purdue Calumet comprehensively provided campus guests insights about academic programs, admission qualifications, scholarship availability and other cost/value-related information, campus life, student housing, athletics and details about opportunities to learn through engagement and discovery via our experiential learning initiative.
As we have been reporting, our changing Purdue Calumet university and environment demand that we strongly commit to recruiting motivated, well-prepared students who place a high priority on persisting to earn a much desired and value-added Purdue degree in a timely manner on our campus.
As I talked to View Purdue Calumet visitors Saturday, it was my sense that there were a significant number of prospective students on campus who would fit those characteristics quite well.
Spring enrollment uptick
Regarding 2014 spring enrollment, General Fund credit hour enrollment—traditionally enrolled credit hours through our Colleges—is slightly ahead of last year’s pace. Growing student awareness of the importance of registering early is likely contributing to this increase. Additionally, admission applications for the coming spring compared to this time last year for spring 2013 are up.
Those certainly are good signs. We still have a way to go, but buds of progress appear to be sprouting in response to our recently implemented enrollment management and retention efforts.
Thomas L. Keon