Enrollment picture offers encouragement
By THOMAS L. KEON
Though we are still a month away from the start of the 2014-15 academic year, there is an encouraging look to our enrollment picture.
In fact, after two years of challenging declines, our traditional general fund enrollment is showing signs of leveling out.
I do not plan to get into comparing or crunching numbers here, because they change on a daily basis. Suffice to say, with plenty of challenges still before us, I am pleased with how we have approached the recent and unprecedented obstacles.
We have talked about the need to change campus wide, as well as become more strategic in the manner in which we operate. That expressed, it is satisfying to see various academic units join our enrollment management area in digging deep to assess their respective operations and, in the process, produce positive, results-oriented change.
Building a strong enrollment base
While our unification efforts with Purdue North Central are forging change in ways that prompt us to examine ourselves virtually every day, I remain convinced that when the proverbial dust settles, we will have become a stronger, more resilient campus institution.
Of course, the first step in that process is continuing to build a strong enrollment base of students who want to attend here, enjoy their campus experience and, subsequently, graduate in a timely manner.
Headed in the right direction
Campus wide, we are developing and implementing strategies to enroll and graduate more Purdue Calumet students who perform at a high academic level.
Have we turned the corner in becoming the university we aspire to be? I would say we are headed in the right direction as our summer and preliminary fall enrollment data suggests. There is plenty more we must do, but I believe we have reason to be encouraged.
Thomas L. Keon